Title: Discussion boards as collaborative learning tools

Authors: Sue Gregory

Addresses: School of Education, University of New England, Armidale NSW 2351, Australia

Abstract: Discussion boards are seen as convenient learning tools to use with higher education students. Although even the most basic learning management system has a discussion board available, unless the academic has a clear purpose for the discussion board, students will not use it. This article presents ways in which collaboration can occur between students and academics through the researcher's experience of using discussion boards with on- and off-campus students. Student's perceptions of the use of discussion boards will demonstrate ways in which learning can occur through student/student, student/academic or individual use of the discussion board. Their perceptions will provide evidence of a discussion board being used as a community of practice. Ethical and moral issues around the use of discussion boards will also be discussed. The article also provides a variety of scenarios on how to use discussion board with students.

Keywords: discussion boards; higher education; on-campus students; off-campus students; distance education; learning management systems; LMS; collaborative learning; communities of practice; CoP; ethical issues; ethics; moral issues; morality; web based communities; virtual communities; online communities.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2015.066548

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2015 Vol.25 No.1, pp.63 - 76

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 24 Dec 2014 *

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