The effectiveness of online discussion forums and recommendations for Chinese higher education




Lyu, Xiaoling

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Online discussion forums as an important opportunity for knowledge exchange as well as a teaching method to provide learners with learning opportunities that do not necessarily have temporal and geographic barriers. This teaching method is widely considered to be an example of new technologies being used in a blended educational environment to supplement traditional face-to-face teaching methods. This project reviews the effectiveness of online discussion forums and the teachers’ involvement in online discussion forums. The findings reveal that using online discussion forums might contribute to positive learning outcomes and that teachers play an important role in students’ online learning progress. Therefore, it is of great value for Chinese teachers to build an understanding about their role in creating efficient online discussion forums. This Project also discusses how online discussion forums might be used effectively in China despite existing social, educational and political barriers.



Online discussion forums, effectiveness, China