How Notifications Influence Participants in Asynchronous Discussion Forums: A Case Study
Abstract: This paper presents a case study of the use of a discussion forum in week 10 of an online course at a large Mid-Atlantic R-1 University. The course utilized the notification settings within Canvas to “push” notifications out of the system to the participants. Participants seemed to feel positive about the notification settings and discussed their feelings in online recorded interview. They seemed to value and like the ability to know what was posted without going in the system. Participants seemed to like the visual indicators within the system that notified them if posts were read or unread. Most participants seemed to feel strongly about replying about particular content instead of responding to particular classmates. Eleven online interviews were completed from a class size of twenty-two. Screen-shots of notification settings and the content of the discussion forum posts and replies were also analyzed in this study.