IJIET 2015 Vol.5(8): 598-604 ISSN: 2010-3689
DOI: 10.7763/IJIET.2015.V5.575

Assessment of Asynchronous Online Discussions for a Constructive Online Learning Community

Ping An Wang

Abstract—This paper proposes a new Online Learning Community Model for asynchronous online discussions (AODs) adapted from the Community of Inquiry Model. The new model highlights Assessment Presence as a new element interacting with and affecting student learning and the elements of Cognitive Presence, Social Presence, and Teaching Presence. An assessment rubric for AODs used for three graduate Cybersecurity technology classes is examined. The data and observations on student performance in AODs and student perceptions on the online learning environment indicate an effective and positive role of the rubric and assessment element in building a constructive online learning community.

Index Terms—Assessment, asynchronous online discussion, online learning community, rubric.

Ping An Wang is with the Department of Cybersecurity and Information Assurance at the Graduate School of University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, MD 20783 USA (email: ping.wang@faculty.umuc.edu).

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Cite: Ping An Wang, "Assessment of Asynchronous Online Discussions for a Constructive Online Learning Community," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 5, no. 8, pp. 598-604, 2015.

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  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
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