Designing grading policy to motivate student participation in online discussion forum
by Zuopeng Zhang
International Journal of Innovation and Learning (IJIL), Vol. 9, No. 1, 2011

Abstract: Online discussion forum has become an important instrument for instructors to create an effective learning environment. However, there lacks the consensus on how to specify grading policies so that students will voluntarily contribute. In this research, we study the effective designs of grading policies and how to appropriately utilise them as incentives to motivate students to participate in online discussion forums. Applying an analytical framework, we model and investigate the performance of different types of grading polices and their effects on student participation in online discussion forums. Our research provides practical guidelines for instructors to offer quality instructions.

Online publication date: Wed, 26-Nov-2014

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