Student and Faculty Experience With a Redesigned Discussion Forum

Abstract

In the online classroom at the University of Arizona Global Campus, one of the primary means of student engagement is through course discussion forums. These typically require students to post in two discussions per week with one initial post and two peer responses. In a recent redesign of ECE315: Language Development in Young Children, a modified discussion structure was implemented to allow for more in-depth learning and engagement throughout the week. Our research questions include (1) In what ways has the discussion redesign impacted student performance? (2) What are student perceptions regarding the new discussion approach compared to the traditional discussion approach? (3) What are faculty perceptions regarding the new discussion approach compared to the traditional discussion approach? (4) To what extent do faculty and students prefer the new discussion approach compared to the traditional discussion approach? Both faculty and students responded in a positive manner. Seven out of ten faculty believe that the redesign helped students better engage with the weekly and course learning outcomes and said it helped with the grading workload. Overall, the faculty preferred the redesign (70%), saying that they appreciate indepth learning on one topic. Seventy-five percent of students felt that they were able to engage more deeply with the weekly discussion topics, and nearly 80% reported a deeper connection with the course content. Overall, 72% of students preferred the new discussion approach, and 81% of students would like to see it used in more courses.



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Amy C. Johnson, University of Arizona Global Campus, United States
Michelle Simecek, University of Arizona Global Campus, United States
Bryan Aylward, University of Arizona Global Campus, United States

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Conference: IICE2022
Stream: Curriculum Design & Development

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To cite this article:
Johnson A., Simecek M., & Aylward B. (2022) Student and Faculty Experience With a Redesigned Discussion Forum ISSN: 2189-1036 – The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii 2022 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-1036.2022.8
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-1036.2022.8


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