2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

The Impact of Discussion Boards on Student Participation and Engagement in Virtual Learning

Colin D. Drown♦
Dr. Christopher J. Maglio, Faculty Mentor

This research examines the impact of discussion forums on the participation of students enrolled in asynchronous learning, measured through self-reporting, the number of missing assignments, and frequency of proactive communication. The 118 students in the study are enrolled in Algebra 1 at a virtual educational institution. Students range in age from eighth to eleventh grade and do not meet basic metrics of engagement. Daily discussion forums are implemented over the course of one month-long module. Students make a discussion post responding to and asking questions about the daily lesson. They must reply to at least one other post. A preliminary survey gauges their engagement before the intervention begins, as does an exit survey once the module is over. Survey responses and data is compared before and after. Research is ongoing.

Keywords: engagement, participation, asynchronous, discussion board, learning management system


Presentation Type: Asynchronous Virtual Oral Presentation

Session: 8-4
Location: https://flipgrid.com/0fdcb13f
Time: 0:00

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