VOL. 06, NO. 3; MAY


Fostering Student online work creativity

Terence Griffith


The discussion has briefly explored helping students to be creative in their online class work. There is a degree of mystery associated with the subject of creativity that challenges educators to continue studying how individuals translate their imaginations and ideas into innovative products. It is a vital educational issue that holds the promise of enriching student learning experiences as students become more effective at utilizing their cognitive skills and knowledge.

Indicator of student performance online writing

Kay Zimmerman


In this paper, the authors consider student use of a web-based discussion forum in a second year, non-major Biology course. The authors discuss how meaningful participation in the forum is a form of public writing and may be an indicator of overall student success in the course. The authors also discuss how this success in the course is not tied to the students’ previous performance at the post-secondary level.

Keywords: computer mediated-communications, web-based discussion forum, electronic messaging, student achievement, student performance, technology integration

Online Courses Technology Use Faculty

Jonathan Martinez


Compared to courses delivered in the face to face setting, courses delivered entirely online rely more on technology. This study investigated the current state of faculty using technologies in online courses. Three technologies were examined in depth: asynchronous discussion, real-time chat, and audio/video. The following issues were investigated: how the technologies were used, how the instructors perceived the importance, necessity, and effectiveness of these technologies, and how skillful they were in using the technologies. The School of Education of a large Midwestern university in the United States was selected for the study. All the 30 instructors teaching online courses at the school were invited to participate in the study. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected through an electronic survey that consisted of closed-ended questions as well as a number of open-ended questions. .Findings of the study and implications for tool developers, university administrators, and instructional and technical support staff were discussed.