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dc.contributor.advisorChairperson, Graduate Committee: Walter Woolbaughen
dc.contributor.authorDuncan, Audrey Elizabethen
dc.description.abstractDue to the advent of online education and professional credentialing, this action research study investigates the impact of online discussion on capstone quality produced by twenty graduated students of the Montana State University MSSE program in Fall 2015. Individuals' online posts and capstones were assessed and analyzed for correlation. Student attitudes and factors influencing online discussion were also investigated via online surveys and personal interviews. Quantitative results show there is correlation between online discussion post quality and capstone quality. Common factors influencing online discussion behavior surround lack of a mobile D2L platform, ability to do topical searches, social network features, Internet connectivity and perception of low-quality conversation of peers. The knowledge gained in this project illuminates the path through which better online learning and discussion platforms may be crafted and utilized in K-12, post-secondary and professional institutions.en
dc.publisherMontana State University - Bozeman, College of Letters & Scienceen
dc.subjectScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (Education)en
dc.subject.lcshElectronic discussion groupsen
dc.subject.lcshCollege studentsen
dc.subject.lcshCritical thinkingen
dc.titleThe impact of online discussion on capstone quality of STEM educatorsen
dc.typeProfessional Paperen
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2016 by Audrey Elizabeth Duncanen, Graduate Committee: Suzanne Soileau; Greg Francis.en of Science in Science Education.en Paperen
mus.relation.departmentMaster of Science in Science Education.en_US

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