Action research using problem-based learning to increase participation in discussion forums on Blackboard

Hopley, Tania (2018) Action research using problem-based learning to increase participation in discussion forums on Blackboard. In: University of Cumbria Pedagogy in Practice Seminar (PIPs), 13 March 2018, University of Cumbria, Carlisle, UK. (Unpublished) Full text not available from this repository.

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In this session, University of Cumbria Social Work Lecturer Tania Hopley talks about her recent research examining the usefulness of constructive alignment and problem based learning as a tool to increase participation on discussion boards with a cohort of distance learners. The reason for the research was the cohort had said they dislike using discussion boards. A literature review was conducted using thematic analysis; this looked at methods and research that had increased participation in discussion boards. The material provided for the distance learners was devised using the outcomes from research. This consisted of four problem-based activities that were aligned to the four learning outcomes. These were made available to students over a four-week period. A discussion forum was held at the end of the course with the four cohorts. The discussion board activities did not increase participation. Only two engaged with the forum. The main reasons given were lack of time and working at different times, which made debating difficult. All had completed the work at home and had evidence of this. The students were positive about the activities, preferring problem-based learning linked to learning outcomes. Suggestions for future practice with distance learners are explored.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Workshop)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Health, Psychology and Social Studies
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2018 10:08
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2018 09:32

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