This chapter presents the basic concepts that characterize asynchronous online discussion environments from the standpoint of collaborative learning. Collaborative learning essentially focuses on the negotiation or discussion of ideas among participants. Traditionally, discussion occurs in face-to-face learning classroom environments. However, face-to-face classroom discussions are typically limited by several factors. In this chapter, the various limitations of face-to-face discussions are first discussed. Then, the role of asynchronous online discussion, its potential benefits to student learning, and an actual example of how asynchronous online discussion can be integrated into a blended learning course are presented.


Collaborative learning Discussion Asynchronous online discussion Face-to-face discussion Blended learning Learning Integration Negotiation Online discussion Classroom discussions 


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