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Using Asynchronous Online Discussions to Enhance Classroom Discussion in Teacher Education Courses PROCEEDINGS

, Boston University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

This qualitative study reports on how four professors used asynchronous online discussions as advance organizers to enhance classroom discussions in teacher education courses. The four professors who participated in this study cited several benefits of their use of online discussions that reinforce the findings of prior research on the use of online discussions in on-campus courses – high student interaction and participation, building of community among students, reflection on content, and understanding of course topics. Increased student participation in the class, in-depth analysis of readings and their application in the classroom and more structured discussions in the classroom also resulted from professor integration of online postings into classroom instruction. Suggestions are made for the use of online discussions by teacher education faculty to enhance learning and teaching.

Citation

Kumar, S. (2008). Using Asynchronous Online Discussions to Enhance Classroom Discussion in Teacher Education Courses. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1455-1462). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 23, 2017 from .

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