Graduate Students' Experiences of Challenges in Online Asynchronous Discussions

Murphy, Elizabeth and Coleman, Elizabeth (2004) Graduate Students' Experiences of Challenges in Online Asynchronous Discussions. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology , 30 (2). ISSN 1499-6677

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Abstract

This paper presents one of five categories of findings of a qualitative study of students' experiences of challenges encountered in a web-based graduate program. The findings relate to the category of experiences with online asynchronous discussions. Data collection relied on a discussion, questionnaire and interview all conducted within WebCTTM. The category's findings were grouped into four sub-categories of challenges as follows: student behaviour; text-only, online communication; purpose and quality of the discussion; and forum features. Challenges related to students' behaviour included domination of the discussion by individual students or groups of students resulting in feelings of exclusion, frustration and inadequacy. Text-only communication caused difficulties related to misinterpretation and conveying and deriving intent. Challenges related to the purpose and value of the discussion resulted from low quality and high quantities of postings to meet grade requirements. Technical features that presented challenges included the inability to delete messages.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/2474
Item ID: 2474
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 2004
Date Type: Publication
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