A new forum framework integrated into content

Ergüzen A., Başal A., Erel Ş.

ENERGY EDUCATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PART B-SOCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL STUDIES, vol.4, no.2, pp.799-806, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


E-learning has made rapid strides in recent years. Variety of tools supporting blended and online education systems paves the way for the development of e-learning. One of the main tools used in e-learning to support learning is, undoubtedly, asynchronous task-based online discussion groups or discussion board. Existing e-learning platforms (open source or in the market) provide collaboration tools, however, they are not truly integrated with other modules, causing serial problems for the group members. Integration of discussion boards into the course content is of vital importance since they may directly affect learning. In this study, we suggest a new easy-to-use-framework in which discussion boards are embedded in course content, providing easy access to the students without distancing them from the learning material. The tutor can write feedback comments and rate on each learner's postings. Moreover, students can also grade his friends' postings, which may enhance their motivation and may also increase the number of the postings. This framework enriches course content with the power of forum tools and makes learners in the discussion process active with the support of feedback and grade reward.