Student characteristics and participation patterns in online discussion
Hoe Kyeung Kim, Betzi Bateman, Cleveland State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
In this presentation, we will share results of a study conducted in an online Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) course. In this study, student participation patterns in an online discussion board were identified and compared with scores on a student characteristics self-assessment survey called the Test of Online Learning Success (TOOLS). To understand students enrolled in an online course, the following research questions were developed: 1) what are the patterns of student participation in an online discussion board? 2) what is the relationship between online student characteristics and student participation patterns in an online discussion board? 3) what kind of student characteristics, if any, are changed through their online learning experience? The findings will help online instructors and course designers understand the characteristics of the students enrolled in online courses and how this affects their participation in online discussion boards. This will enable instructors to facilitate student learning more effectively.
Kim, H.K. & Bateman, B. (2007). Student characteristics and participation patterns in online discussion. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2381-2387). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).