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Non-course-based On-line Physics Discussion Forum

, Dept. of Physics, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-56-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Recently, non-course-based on-line discussion has captured many researchers' attention. It is believed that this kind of discussion will become a new trend in the educational practice. We will provide a progress report of a successful non-course based physics discussion forum in Taiwan. We have improved/redesigned the forum to facilitate the discussion about physics concepts. It has 11717 registered users and 49043 posted messages since it first started at Apr. 1997. There are always 30-60 online users from 7am to 2am. We will report from a variety of perspectives by focusing on some combination of people (who is using our forum), technology (What has been implemented to facilitate scientific communication), processes or effects (What kind of social interaction occurs). We will report user's activities, the current status of the forum and compare several finding from research result with course-based forum.


Hwang, F.K. (2005). Non-course-based On-line Physics Discussion Forum. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 234-240). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved June 16, 2019 from .