Title

On-campus blended learning: Using discussion forums for peer collaboration on tutorial assignments

Source of Publication

Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)

Abstract

In this study, 165 undergraduate students were assigned to online tutorial discussion groups of 8 or 9 students per group, and during 9 weeks of the semester, these groups used discussion forums to discuss assigned readings, present opinions, debate issues and summarise papers or information they had researched for their weekly tutorial assignment. Student's postings were peer rated for their contribution to the discussion. Statistically significant (p<0.01) high correlations were found between performance, posting frequency and peer rating. During the semester, two attitude survey questionnaires were conducted, and within-survey correlations showed moderate correlations in Survey I, and high correlations in Survey II. Although this blended learning approach was successful in encouraging individual participation, resistance to change was still evident. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006.

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

ISBN

['3540457771', '9783540457770']

First Page

585

Last Page

590

Publication Date

1-1-2006

DOI

10.1007/11876663_57

Author First name, Last name, Institution

J. A.Gilles Doiron, Zayed University

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