Business schools are exploring new pedagogical approaches to learning including asynchronous media. This paper analyses the effectiveness of online discussion forum for case study assessment in a post graduate unit in an Australian business school. Analysing quantity and quality of online postings and comparing student performance with previous cohort, this study observes a significant improvement in student learning and academic performance. Appropriate design and delivery strategies and clear assessment criteria of asynchronously using online discussion forum for teaching cases, have provided an effective learning vehicle for students, helped them overcome their own language related barriers, encouraged them to participate in a non-threatening environment. This further complemented to the benefits of peer-to-peer learning and case study pedagogy. Increase in workload for students and marking load for academics, and measuring the value of learning, however, are some of the challenges that need further attention by researchers.
Seethamraju, Ravi, "Effectiveness Of Online Discussion Forum For Case Study Analysis And Assessment" (2011). ICEB 2011 Proceedings (Bangkok). 24.