The Reasons for Encouraging or Inhibiting Students’ Active Participation in Asynchronous Online Discussion: Three Cases from Malaysia

By Siew Woei Ling, Ah Choo Koo and Cho Chuan Ong.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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A discussion board has become an essential tool in many Learning Management Systems because of its potential to allow the construction of knowledge through active participation from the students. Unfortunately for the past few years when online discussion was implemented by the authors, it has received unsatisfactory number of quality responses from the students. The purpose of this paper is to identify the reasons why some students participated actively while some students become lurkers in the learning environment. The authors sought to investigate the reasons that has encouraged or inhibited the students from participating in the online discussion through results revealed in previous studies and also findings acquired from three case studies that were carried out in a private higher learning institution in Malaysia.

Keywords: Asynchronous Online Discussion, Active Participation, Higher Education

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.421-430. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 620.179KB).

Mdm Siew Woei Ling

Lecturer, Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Ling Siew-Woei received her BAA (Hons) Fine Art from the University of Malaysia Sarawak in 1998. She then completed her Master of Science (Creative Multimedia) from Multimedia University (MMU) in 2004. She is currently a lecturer and Ph.D. student within the Faculty of Creative Multimedia (FCM) at MMU. She is also actively involve in teaching and some research work in the e-learning and instructional design contexts.

Dr. Ah Choo Koo

Lecturer, Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Ah-Choo Koo is a Lecturer in Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University (MMU). Her areas of research include educational technology and mobile-learning. Her works have been published in International Journal of Educational Technology and Society, and international refereed conferences. She is the Leader of the Special Interest Group for Mobile Learning in the Multimedia University. She teaches Research Methodology class in Knowledge Management Centre of MMU. She also involves in teaching interactive multimedia and computer graphic courses.

Cho Chuan Ong

Senior IT Support Manager, Information Services, University of Nottingham (Malaysia Campus), Semenyih, Selangor, Malaysia

Currently a Senior IT Support Manager in University of Nottingham. Also actively engage in interest such as Content Management System, Brain and taxonomy for XML.

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