International Journal of Information Technology & Computer Science ( IJITCS )
This study investigates the influence of reusing previous online discussion postings on the students’ participation rate and the quality of students’ online discussion postings. Participants were 80 pre-service ICT teachers from a large Turkish university. Of the participants, 44 (55%) were male, 36 (45%) were female. The participants enrolled in an undergraduate course entitled ‘ICT Teaching Methods I” and participated in a 14-week blended course which consisted of face-to-face lectures with video-case presentations, and asynchronous online discussions. Participants were assigned to one of the following two groups: (1) online discussion only group (control) and (2) reuse group (reading previous online discussion postings + online discussion). The Moodle is an open-source learning management system (LMS) used in the study to provide an online discussion environment to the students. According to the results, the participants of control group (online discussion only group) were contributed much more than the participants of reuse group (online discussion + reading previous discussion postings). This result can be interpreted as the reuse of all previous online discussion postings may cause lurking behaviors. Online and/or blended learning designers should take into account of this possibility. The quality of students’ online discussion postings and implications for future implementations are discussed .
: Asynchronous online discussions, reuse, reusability, lurking, pre-service teachers.
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