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Journal of Information Systems Education

Abstract

The online teaching environment is a powerful interactive medium for promoting higher order thinking skills in students. Faculty have to adapt to this new medium by using components in online course tools (such as discussion boards) to create assignments that incorporate cooperative and collaborative learning. Assessment of this type of learning activity is different from tests used in traditional courses. This article discusses the role of discussions in online courses, provides a case for effective assessment needs, and using a sample case study discussion offers a strategy that can be used by faculty to assess online discussions.

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