A Design-Based Study for Development of a Model for a Successful Online Discussion Forum

Enjy Abouzeid, Anshoo Agarwal, Janneke M. Frambach

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Due to the current situation of lockdown and social distancing, many educational institutions have shifted to online learning. This study aims to identify the key factors that should be present for successful online discussion and explores the advantages of merging two activities, e-mentoring, and online discussion to improve the quality of the online discussion. A mixed methods design-based study was conducted in the setting of the online program in health professions education. Several success factors were identified by the current study: merging of mentorship and online discussion, shifting of roles, structuring of the discussion, assessment, and the use of guides. The study also magnified the role of supervision as moderation and mentorship and suggested solutions to deal with silent participants. Finally, the use of a student guide and shifting of roles between the students play a crucial role in the success of the ODFs
Original languageEnglish
Article number74
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 28 Jan 2022


  • E-Mentorship
  • Health Professions Education
  • Listserv
  • Maastricht University and Student Guide
  • Online Learning


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