Reusing Discussion Forums as Learning Resources in WBT Systems

D. Helic, H. Maurer, and N. Scerbakov (Austria)


WBT systems, Discussion forums, Reuse, Learning resources


Discussion forums are highly popular and widely applied tools in Web-based training (WBT) systems. Usually, discussion forums are places where learners discuss topics related to courseware, their current learning task, or the learning project they are working on. These discussion forums contain tremendous educational potential for future learners, since they contain question and answer dialogues, discussions, or examples made by previous learners. Thus, by simply reusing these discussion forums as new learning resources in WBT systems, the future learners would have very valuable learning information based on the hand-on experience of previous learners. However, implementing such a simple yet powerful idea in WBT systems is not a trivial task. Extracting useful information from discussion forums might be seen as a rather tedious task, and the results of such process leave much to be desired. In this paper we present a simple tool that solves problems related to information extraction from discussion forums and thus allows their reuse as learning resources in WBT systems.

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