Essay on Summary- Read Only Participants

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A Case for Participation in Online Courses
Tim Colgate
Grand Canyon University: UNV 501
6/25/2012

A Case for Participation in Online Courses Online computer courses/degrees are becoming more frequent as technology improves and the availability of technology is greater. This article “Read-only participants: a case for student communication in online classes” (Nagel, Blignaut, Cronje 2007) analyzes data from several studies and suggests that active participation, as opposed to non-active participation, is directly correlated to student achievement.
Read-Only Participants The term Read-only participants refers to online students who log into a specific classroom website, read the material provided or student post’s but do not
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Nagel, Blignaut and Cronje (2007) indicate in their study, that students that participated more frequently in online posts had greater success. For example, the number of posts from a failing student averaged 30 times (50% or less), whereas a person of distinction (75% or greater) averaged 94 posts. What was very intriguing was the follow up study provided by Nagel, Blignaut and Cronje (2007), in which student rated others’ participation. This study showed that peers could indicate which students were successful just by their participation. This indicates that online participation is essential to creating a healthy online community (Collison, et al., 2000).
Conclusion
In conclusion, all indicators point toward active participation in online discussion a major factor in the final grade a student may receive. All stakeholders, including the facilitator, need to be actively involved at a high cognitive level. This activity increases trust that must be built within a community of learners.
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