The effect of assessment on the outcomes of asynchronous online discussion as perceived by instructors

  • Chris Klisc Murdoch University
  • Tanya McGill Murdoch University
  • Valerie Hobbs Murdoch University

Abstract

Asynchronous online discussion is used in a variety of ways, both in online learning environments and in traditional teaching environments where, increasingly frequently, a blended approach is adopted. However the anticipated benefits of this tool in improving student learning outcomes are still being debated. One of the many factors affecting the outcomes of asynchronous online discussion is that of assessment. This study investigated the influence of assessment of discussion postings on the achievement of discussion outcomes as perceived by instructors. The findings indicate that the incorporation of assessment results in higher levels of discussion outcomes than if no assessment were used. The use of a subsequent assessment based on the online discussion was also examined, but the results were inconclusive.

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Author Biographies

Chris Klisc, Murdoch University
Lecturer, School of Information Technology, Murdoch University
Tanya McGill, Murdoch University
Associate Professor, School of Information Technology, Murdoch University
Valerie Hobbs, Murdoch University

Senior Lecturer, School of Information Technology, Murdoch University

Published
2009-11-11
How to Cite
Klisc, C., McGill, T., & Hobbs, V. (2009). The effect of assessment on the outcomes of asynchronous online discussion as perceived by instructors. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 25(5). https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.1114