Department of Education Studies
From Moodle to Facebook: Exploring students' motivation and experiences in online communities
The present paper documents a qualitative study that examines the motivating and inhibiting factors that influenced students' engagement in online discussions via Moodle and Facebook. The data was collected through individual interviews with 14 pre-service teachers. Using the Activity Theory as a lens, the study reveals a set of factors concerning the technical tools, subjective perceptions, goals of online discussion, social presence within a community, rules for participation, and roles of the participants that affect their online engagement patterns. The findings of the study inform educators and software designers of how online discussions can be better promoted among students, and how a web-based environment more conducive to learning can be created. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Computer-mediated communication, Improving classroom teaching, Learning communities
Source Publication Title
Computers and Education
Link to Publisher's Edition
Deng, Liping, and Nicole Judith Tavares. "From Moodle to Facebook: Exploring students' motivation and experiences in online communities." Computers and Education 68 (2013): 167-176.