How to foster forum discussions within MOOCs: A case study

Elke Lackner, Mohammad Khalil, Martin Ebner

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Discussion forums are an essential part to foster interaction among teachers and students, as well as students and students, in virtual learning settings. If interaction can be enhanced, this has a positive influence on motivation and finally also on dropout rates. These days, a special form of online courses, so-called MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), are popping up massively. Those courses are characterized by a high number of students. In this paper, we would like to examine discussion forums and their role concerning interaction. Therefore, Gilly Salmon’s well-known Five stage model is taken and adapted to MOOCs based on a case study. As a method, we tracked learners’ data through learning analytics applications and concluded that there is a positive correlation between reading from one side and writing in forums from the other side.
LanguageEnglish
Pages1-13
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Academic Research in Education and Review
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
StatusPublished - 7 Nov 2016

Fields of Expertise

  • Information, Communication & Computing

Cite this

How to foster forum discussions within MOOCs: A case study. / Lackner, Elke; Khalil, Mohammad; Ebner, Martin.

In: International Journal of Academic Research in Education and Review, Vol. 2, No. 2, 07.11.2016, p. 1-13.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{59650311a1a741f3a25f4f7c867abb06,
title = "How to foster forum discussions within MOOCs: A case study",
abstract = "Discussion forums are an essential part to foster interaction among teachers and students, as well as students and students, in virtual learning settings. If interaction can be enhanced, this has a positive influence on motivation and finally also on dropout rates. These days, a special form of online courses, so-called MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), are popping up massively. Those courses are characterized by a high number of students. In this paper, we would like to examine discussion forums and their role concerning interaction. Therefore, Gilly Salmon’s well-known Five stage model is taken and adapted to MOOCs based on a case study. As a method, we tracked learners’ data through learning analytics applications and concluded that there is a positive correlation between reading from one side and writing in forums from the other side.",
author = "Elke Lackner and Mohammad Khalil and Martin Ebner",
year = "2016",
month = "11",
day = "7",
doi = "10.17985/ijare.31432",
language = "English",
volume = "2",
pages = "1--13",
journal = "International Journal of Academic Research in Education and Review",
issn = "2149-2913",
publisher = "Academic Research Journals",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - How to foster forum discussions within MOOCs: A case study

AU - Lackner,Elke

AU - Khalil,Mohammad

AU - Ebner,Martin

PY - 2016/11/7

Y1 - 2016/11/7

N2 - Discussion forums are an essential part to foster interaction among teachers and students, as well as students and students, in virtual learning settings. If interaction can be enhanced, this has a positive influence on motivation and finally also on dropout rates. These days, a special form of online courses, so-called MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), are popping up massively. Those courses are characterized by a high number of students. In this paper, we would like to examine discussion forums and their role concerning interaction. Therefore, Gilly Salmon’s well-known Five stage model is taken and adapted to MOOCs based on a case study. As a method, we tracked learners’ data through learning analytics applications and concluded that there is a positive correlation between reading from one side and writing in forums from the other side.

AB - Discussion forums are an essential part to foster interaction among teachers and students, as well as students and students, in virtual learning settings. If interaction can be enhanced, this has a positive influence on motivation and finally also on dropout rates. These days, a special form of online courses, so-called MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), are popping up massively. Those courses are characterized by a high number of students. In this paper, we would like to examine discussion forums and their role concerning interaction. Therefore, Gilly Salmon’s well-known Five stage model is taken and adapted to MOOCs based on a case study. As a method, we tracked learners’ data through learning analytics applications and concluded that there is a positive correlation between reading from one side and writing in forums from the other side.

U2 - 10.17985/ijare.31432

DO - 10.17985/ijare.31432

M3 - Article

VL - 2

SP - 1

EP - 13

JO - International Journal of Academic Research in Education and Review

T2 - International Journal of Academic Research in Education and Review

JF - International Journal of Academic Research in Education and Review

SN - 2149-2913

IS - 2

ER -