This study explores the effect on discussion quality of adding a feedback mechanism that presents users with an aggregate peer rating of the usefulness of the participant's contributions in online, asynchronous discussion. Participants in the study groups were able to specify the degree to which they thought any posted comment was useful to the discussion. Individuals were regularly presented with feedback (aggregated and anonymous) summarizing peers' assessment of the usefulness of their contribution, along with a summary of how the individuals rated their peers. Results indicate that continuous, anonymous, aggregated feedback had no effect on either the students' or the instructors' perception of discussion quality.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Internet in higher education--Social aspects; Electronic discussion groups--Research; Peer review; Communication in education

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Department, Program, or Center

Department of Communication (CLA)


Pugliese, Rudy

Advisor/Committee Member

Barnes, Susan

Advisor/Committee Member

Wallington, Clinton


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