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Research Article

Academia Journal of Educational Research  5(10): 377-383, October 2017
DOI: 10.15413/ajer.2017.0315
ISSN 2315-7704
2017 Academia Publishing

Abstract

 

Effect of online discussion forum in blended learning mode
 

Accepted 4th September, 2017

 
Cuijiao Fu*, Depei Qian, Qian Liu and Xiaopeng Gao

School of Computer Science and Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing, China.


*Corresponding author. E-mail: fucuijiao@buaa.edu.cn.

The online discussion forums are popular platforms for information exchange and problem solving, which play an important role in blended learning mode, which is made up of SPOCs (Small Private Online Courses) and traditional classroom learning. However, very few studies have been published on the effect of online discussion forums in blended learning. In this study, we collected a comprehensive set of data from online discussion forum on the Experiment of Computer Composition course (a MOOC course). These data were classified based on the participants' interactive behavior and analyzed using the principal component analysis and regression analysis methods. Our results demonstrated that online discussion forums pose significant impact on blended learning and can provide valuable suggestions to improve learning outcome and progress.

Key words: Online discussion, blended learning, factor analysis, regression, MOOCs.
 

This is an open access article published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. 

Cite this article as:

Fu C, Qian D, Liu Q, Gao X (2017). Effect of online discussion forum in blended learning mode. Acad. J. Educ. Res. 5(10): 377-383

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