Student Participation in Online Discussions

Challenges, Solutions, and Future Research

  • Khe Foon Hew
  • Wing Sum Cheung

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Khe Foon Hew, Wing Sum Cheung
    Pages 1-14
  3. Khe Foon Hew, Wing Sum Cheung
    Pages 15-29
  4. Khe Foon Hew, Wing Sum Cheung
    Pages 49-61
  5. Khe Foon Hew, Wing Sum Cheung
    Pages 99-102
  6. Khe Foon Hew, Wing Sum Cheung
    Pages 103-114
  7. Khe Foon Hew, Wing Sum Cheung
    Pages 115-121
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 123-140

About this book


The increasingly prevalent use of online- or blended-learning in schools and universities has resulted in the asynchronous online discussion forum becoming a  common means of facilitating dialogue between instructors and students, as well as between students and students, beyond the boundaries of the physical classroom.  


This book provides a comprehensive review of previous research studies in order to identify the prevalent factors leading to limited student contribution in online discussion forums.  

To set the research in context, nine exploratory case studies are presented and procedures to implement the solutions provided. 

This book is distinctive and results-focused, unlike others tackling this topic. Using empirically-based methodologies, the book clearly and succinctly provides up-to-date infomration on a previosuly under-represented area of research. For once, the focus is squarely on student/peer facilitation rather than teacher facilitated or heavily text based discussion.


Asynchronous online discussions Audio based online discussion Instructor facilitation of online discussion Online learning participation Peer facilitation of online discussion Student facilitation of online discussion

Authors and affiliations

  • Khe Foon Hew
    • 1
  • Wing Sum Cheung
    • 2
  1. 1.National Institute of Education, Learning Sciences and TechnologiesNanyang Technological UniversityNanyangSingapore
  2. 2., National Institute of EducationNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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