Does an Open Forum Promote Learning Among Students? A Collaborative-Learning Approach

| September 30, 2005
Title
Does an Open Forum Promote Learning Among Students? A Collaborative-Learning Approach

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Authors
Anson Yang, Alex Chan, Lik-ko Ho, Bonnie Tam
Pui Ching Middle School, Hong Kong

Bio Data
Dr. Anson Yang is Head of the Department of English and Chair of Language Development Committee at Pui Ching Middle School, Hong Kong. He has taught literature and TESL courses at universities in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the United States. His research interests also lie in classroom cultures and student learning profiles. Alex Chan, Nick Ho, and Bonnie Tam are teaching in the newly-established Department of Integrated Humanities. They are qualified teachers in Business Writing, Mass Communication, and English in Hong Kong.

Abstract
This paper investigates how students responded to each other in an e-Community learning situation. Forty students, at two levels, were invited to respond to five questions regarding the Legislative Council election 2004 posted on the school forum. Questionnaires and interviews were conducted to see if students enjoyed the discussion with peers and casual browsers. It has been concluded that students find the forum discussion useful toward their formal curriculum. However, there have been concerns regarding the objectivity of casual browsers. Students need to be on the alert when receiving information through the Internet and other media, and understand that not everything printed or broadcast is official, factual, and accurate.

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Category: Quarterly Journal, Volume 7 Issue 3