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INSTRUCTIONAL USE OF DISCUSSION BOARD: A CASE STUDY OF STUDENT EXPERIENCES AND PERCEPTIONS

G.S. Yang, L.C. Lin

Tungnan University (TAIWAN)
The increasing number of college courses that mix computer technologies with traditional instruction and learning practices has created a need to understand how to use these technologies effectively. The purpose of this study was to gain insight into how computer-mediated communication- discussion board can enhance learning when they are integrated with traditional instruction in a face-to-face course. A qualitative case study was conducted to focus on experiences and perceptions of students in a traditional ( face-to-face ) course that integrated use of online discussion forums. In interpreting the data, the researcher learned that online communication integrated with a face-to-face class can motivate students to participate in discussion and thus can promote learning by encouraging active engagement with content. However, according to students’ reflection, computer-mediated communication creates critical instructional design considerations and decisions.