Leveraging the Power of Online Learning to Facilitate Quality Degree Completion
Threaded Discussions in the Online Classroom: Are They Worth the Effort?
Brinda McKinney, Asst. Professor of Nursing; RN-BSN Program Coordinator, Arkansas State University
Since 1987, Dr. Brinda McKinney has practiced nursing passionately. She currently teaches nursing at Arkansas State University where she coordinates the RN-BSN program. As a nurse, licensed Assisted Living Administrator, and educator, Brinda strives to make a real difference in healthcare by challenging healthcare providers to a standard of excellence.
Online threaded discussions (TDs) engage learners and provide opportunity to develop critical thinking skills. Requiring more of the student's time may encourage content mastery and occupational business skills. The project discussed in this presentation considered the impact of TDs on the mastery of specific course content in science-based verses theory-based online courses. The data source is 2013 - 2015 online student scores on discussion board activities and corresponding course quizzes/examinations. The data analysis includes descriptive statistics, statistical regressions, and ANCOVA.
Learning Objectives
Explain the potential impact of threaded discussion activities on the mastery of unit content in science- and theory-based courses.
Be able to defend the possible impact of threaded discussion board activities in their own courses.
Recognize the value of adding threaded discussion activities to their current online courses.
Audience: Faculty 
Audience: Administrator
Audience: Instructional Designer