Patterns of user behavior in University on-line forums

Leslie Burr, Dirk Spennemann

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Online forums have become the backbone of most computer-supported distance education programs. While analyses have been carried out assessing the content of a limited number of such forums, there is little work done on how and when students make use of such facilities. There is much talk about 24/7, anytime, anywhere availability'but do students make use of this extended envelope, or is this just education rhetoric? This paper presents the outcomes of a large-scale study examining the usage of over 2000 forums for a period of four years.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-18
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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