Incorporating online discussion in face to face classroom learning: A new blended learning approach

  • Wenli Chen Nanyang Technological University
  • Chee-Kit Looi Nanyang Technological University

Abstract

This paper discusses an innovative blended learning strategy which incorporates online discussion in both in-class face to face, and off-classroom settings. Online discussion in a face to face class is compared with its two counterparts, off-class online discussion as well as in-class, face to face oral discussion, to examine the advantages and disadvantages of the proposed strategy. By integrating online discussion into the flow of the classroom, learners are given dedicated time to foster a habit of critical thinking, reflection and articulating these online, which can subsequently seed further in-class oral discussions, and off-class online discussions. It is found that in-class, online discussion can provide a wider spectrum of discussion perspectives, equalise participation in discussion, and promote cognitive thinking skills and in depth information processing. However, the lack of face to face interactions and the need for sufficient time to do online postings pose challenges in implementing online discussion for face to face classroom learning.

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Author Biographies

Wenli Chen, Nanyang Technological University
Assistant Professor in Learning Sciences and Technologies Academic Group and a faculty researcher at the Learning Sciences Laboratory, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.
Chee-Kit Looi, Nanyang Technological University
Associate Professor in Learning Sciences and Technologies Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
Published
2007-09-17
How to Cite
Chen, W., & Looi, C.-K. (2007). Incorporating online discussion in face to face classroom learning: A new blended learning approach. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 23(3). https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.1255