Online academic discussion system a case study of Ibanda University

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Kampala International University, School of Computing and Information Technology
Universities are exploring pedagogical approaches to learning in order to deal with challenges such as increased class sizes, limited funding support, and difficulties in (facilitating and encouraging active participation and learning among a diverse cohort of students. This paper reports on a study of the effective of a pedagogical approach that blends online discussion board and case study (Brown, R, 2001). Analyzing quantity and quality of online postings and comparing accounting students' performance with previous cohort. this study observes a significant improvement in student learning. appropriate design and delivery strategies and clear assessment criteria for assessment and use have provided an effective learning vehicle for students, helped them overcome their own language related barriers and encouraged them to participate in a nonthreatening environment. This approach further complemented the benefits of peer to peer learning and case study pedagogy. Reported increase in workload for students and marking load for academics and measuring the values of learning. however, are some of the challenges that need further attention by researchers (Wallace, R. 2003). The system has been designed lo do a whole lot more than just reduce class discussions.It can make significant contribution to a University learning and performance among the students. Online academic discussion system make possible for students to conduct discussions on line. which helps them to boost their learning.The main purpose of developing this system is to provide effective discussions that increase critical thinking among the students (F. Gao, T. Zhang, and T. Franklin.2013).
A research report submitted to the Faculty of Science and technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the a ward of Bachelor's Degree of Computer Science of Kampala International University
Online, Academic discussion, Ibanda Universsity