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Perceived Value of Online Discussions: Perceptions of Engineering and Education Students

, Purdue University, United States ; , Middle East Technical University, Turkey ; , , Purdue University, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


This study compared how undergraduate students in an introductory computer engineering course (n=152) and an introductory educational technology course (n=309) at a large Midwestern university responded to the use of supplementary online discussions in their courses. Data were collected via online surveys and course discussion boards. After participating in two-five online discussions, students shared their perceptions regarding the usefulness of the discussions to their learning. Students described both benefits and limitations and provided suggestions for using discussions in more meaningful ways.


Ertmer, P., Temur Gedik, N., Richardson, J. & Newby, T. (2008). Perceived Value of Online Discussions: Perceptions of Engineering and Education Students. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 4679-4687). Vienna, Austria: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 26, 2019 from .


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