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Assessing the value of using an online discussion board for engaging students

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Author(s): Julian Robinson

Journal: Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education
ISSN 1473-8376

Volume: 10;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 13;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: discussion board | students | virtual learning environment

ABSTRACT
This paper presents the findings of an empirical study that explores students’ perceptions of the value of an online discussion board for group work. The findings indicate that whilst the majority of students engaged with the online forum and found it valuable, a number of learners either did not engage with it or found it only of limited use. The study has implications for practice as it provides an overview of how students perceive the usefulness of an online forum and how it can be used to encourage student engagement.
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