Relationship between Students' Motivation and their Participation in Asynchronous Online Discussions
This study investigated the relationship between students' motivation and their participation in asynchronous online discussions during a 16-week online course. Fifty-six students participated in online discussion activities as a normal part of their classes. Their motivation for participating in online discussions was self-reported three times throughout the semester. The findings continue to indicate that students' motivation has a significant relationship with their participation in online discussion activities at time two and time three. Students' perceived value, autonomy, competence, and relatedness have different levels of impact on their online discussion behavior. This study also found that students' intrinsic motivation and their perceived value of online discussions remained at a moderate-high level over time, although the perceived value had a significant drop from the mid-point to the end of the semester.
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