Using Innovative and Scientifically-Based Debate to Build e-Learning Community

Cheng-Chia (Brian) Chen, Karen Swan


The research described in this article explored the efficacy of a novel approach to recreating classroom debates online. Using a structured approach and collaborative group work, the researcher developed an approach that students found very useful in six different dimensions. The research also explored possible differences in perceptions stemming from students’ familiarity with online learning by comparing the perceptions of students enrolled in only online classes with those of students enrolled in primarily on-ground classes. No significant differences in any of the variables were found, indicating the efficacy of the approach for all students.


online debate, e-learning community, active learning, critical thinking, online teaching, online learning

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