Psychological aspects of online discussion: Implication for online learning approaches

Saemah Rahman, Ruhizan Mohammad Yasin, Ruslin Amir, Mohamed Amin Embi

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Abstract

Online discussion provides an avenue for social interaction, which is said to be beneficial for the knowledge-construction process. It is hypothesised that this new learning environment will also affects the student learning process. This paper discusses psychological aspects of online discussion as experienced by a group of students who participated in an online-discussion activity. The sample consists of 55 postgraduate students enrolled in a research-methodology course in one public university in Malaysia that includes online discussion as one of its learning activities. Data was collected using an open-ended questionnaire. Findings were reduced into thematic categories to represent psychological aspects of the participants' experience in online discussion process, by the phases of the online discussion. The results of the study found some benefit in these discussions as well as issues that are needed to be addressed. Several psychological themes emerged namely: self-esteem, self-efficacy, motivation and academic anxiety. These findings reflect the importance of considering psychological aspects in the implementation of online learning approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-35
Number of pages5
JournalWorld Applied Sciences Journal
Volume14
Issue numberSPL ISS 2
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Keywords

  • Asynchronous learning
  • Online discussion
  • Online learning
  • Psychological aspects

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Psychological aspects of online discussion : Implication for online learning approaches. / Rahman, Saemah; Mohammad Yasin, Ruhizan; Amir, Ruslin; Embi, Mohamed Amin.

In: World Applied Sciences Journal, Vol. 14, No. SPL ISS 2, 2011, p. 31-35.

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