An investigation on college students’ low motivation toward asynchronous online discussions
Abstract: A mixed research method was used to investigate the reasons why students often keep silence or have low motivation in online discussions. The findings of this study indicated that college students’ interest level of discussion topics may be considered a significant predictor to their motivation in asynchronous online discussions. Low interest level of topics decreases students’ attention and reduce their motivation for online discussion. Likewise, a free and open discussion environment can prompt students to more actively participate in online discussion and express their true ideas.