Investigation of Participation and Quality of Online Interaction

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Dip Nandi 1,* Margaret Hamilton 2 James Harland 2 Sharfuddin Mahmood 1

1. American International University- Bangladesh, Dhaka, 1213, Bangladesh

2. School of Computer Science and Information Technology RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria – 3001, Australia

* Corresponding author.


Received: 23 May 2015 / Revised: 12 Jun. 2015 / Accepted: 1 Jul. 2015 / Published: 8 Aug. 2015

Index Terms

Online learning system, Participation, Asynchronous discussion forums, online collaboration, Interaction quality, and course management


Advances in computer mediated communication technologies have sparked and continue to facilitate the proliferation of online courses, degree programs, and educational institutions. Leading the way with these advances has been the use of asynchronous discussion forums. However merely setting up a discussion forum does not always ensure quality participation and interaction. The way the course is managed has an impact on the participation as well. This paper compares the difference in course management over four study periods and discusses the resulting consequences on the participation and achievement of the students. This paper also investigates the quality of interaction as perceived by fully online students. The main benefits of this research are that it provides a guideline regarding what course management factors can make the difference in online participation in fully online courses, and how the quality of interaction can be designed.

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Dip Nandi, Margaret Hamilton, James Harland, Sharfuddin Mahmood, "Investigation of Participation and Quality of Online Interaction", International Journal of Modern Education and Computer Science (IJMECS), vol.7, no.8, pp.25-37, 2015. DOI:10.5815/ijmecs.2015.08.04


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