Graduate Students' Perceptions of the Benefits and Drawbacks of Online Discussion Tools
Jessica Decker, Valerie Beltran, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA, United States
IJOPCD Volume 6, Number 1, ISSN 2155-6873 Publisher: IGI Global
With an increase in the number of online classes being taught at the university level, professors are exploring ways to create collaboration in the online environment. One such strategy is through using online discussion tools. The purpose of this qualitative research study was to explore students' beliefs about the benefits of using a variety of discussion tools in online classes. In analyzing students' responses to four open-ended questions, five key themes emerged that highlighted four benefits and one drawback to the use of online discussion tools. Online discussions helped build relationships, led to students hearing others' perspectives and feeling their perspectives were respected, led to students reflecting on the content and developing a deeper understanding, and helped groups coordinate projects and manage teamwork. In contrast, online discussions did not allow the same authenticity of dialogue in face-to-face discussions.
Decker, J. & Beltran, V. (2016). Graduate Students' Perceptions of the Benefits and Drawbacks of Online Discussion Tools. International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design, 6(1), 1-12. IGI Global.