This thesis examines student posting behavior between an upper and lower division physics course as well as posting trends over the course of a semester in an online discussion board. Posts made by students were analyzed based on their content and the mean post frequencies were run through t-tests and ANOVAs to determine if statistically significant difference in posting behavior between the two classes and over the course of the semester occurred.
It was found that lower division students made more overall posts and made more posts related to finding the solution than upper division students. Additionally, the number of posts as well as post related to the assignment and feedback-related posts increased during the semester. This shows that introductory and advanced physics students use the tool differently and students also change their posting behavior over time. Implications for practice and future research are then addressed.
|Commitee:||Kisiel, James, Pickett, Galen T.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Physics and Astronomy|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Koondis, Online discussion board, Online homework forum, Physics, Physics education|
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