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Online Discussion and Learning Outcomes

  • William T. Alpert

    (University of Connecticut)

  • Oskar R. Harmon

    (University of Connecticut)

  • Joseph Histen

    (University of Connecticut)

In this paper we describe how we used online discussion forums to complement lecture presentations. We collected data on student usage and surveyed student opinion in several online/blended sections. Our hypothesis is that increased student participation in online discussion forums will increase learner engagement and learning outcomes. Using panel data we estimate a fixed effects model and find active participation in the discussion board has a positive effect on exam score at a statistically significant level. JEL Classification: A2, A22 Key words: Online Instruction, Social Media, Facebook

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Paper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 2012-35.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2012
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Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:2012-35
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  1. Paolo Pellizzari, 2012. "Facebook as an academic learning platform: A case study in Mathematics," Working Papers 2012_01, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".
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