Title: Students’ Online Engagement and Usage of Discussion Boards on BlackBoard©: A Study from the UAE
Stream: Design, Implementation & Assessment of Innovative Technologies in Education
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Laila Mohebi, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
The heart of online learning is students' participation in online discussion forums. Online education should be developed to get students actively engage in the online class. This qualitative study explored students’ online engagement in the Blackboard’s discussion forum. The study aimed to investigate students' perceived benefits of discussion forums and their views on improving their engagements in the discussion boards. The current study used a qualitative approach where seventeen students in a federal university in UAE reflected on their engagement in a discussion form by using SWOT analysis. Thematic data analysis technique was used for the data analysis. This study revealed that students perceived the benfit of discussion forum in number of areas, (1) sharing their experiences, (2) reflectioning on other students’ opinions and giving feedback, (3) improving students' satisfaction with the course. However, the results indicated that students’ engagement in discussion forms can be enhanced by improving the system and working on students' traits. The study recommended training students properly and use other potential apps in online classes.
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