Students Taking Leadership Roles in Online Discussion

ID: 54464 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Yu-mei Wang, University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States

Thursday, June 27 12:40 PM-1:00 PM Location: Jordaan 1&2 View on map

Presider: Rhonda Christensen, University of North Texas, United States

Abstract: This study reports an investigation of students taking leadership role in online discussion. Numerous discussions are conducted in the courses. Students are required to assume leadership role in online discussions. As group leaders, students are responsible to initiate discussions, ensure that each group member contributes, and submit a summary of group discussions. The leadership role is rotated among students. The participants of the study are undergraduates from an urban university in the United States. Mixed-research methodologies are applied for data collection and analysis. A survey is the research instrument to collect quantitative data. The survey investigates student perceptions on the leadership role they are assigned to take in online discussions. Qualitative data are collected from student written reflections. Implications of the study are discussed.

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