Online discussion forums

School of Science & Technology
Nottingham Trent University
Innovative Deployment of Technologies


The online discussion forums are used in the university’s VLE (NOW) to facilitate student to student and student to tutor interaction and engagement. This is used at course level e.g. inductions and module level e.g. discussion of module content and assessment queries.

What are the Aims?

Engagement and interaction of students studying distant learning, online courses.

Who was/is involved?

Biomedical Scientists and students studying Biomedical Science

What has changed/will change?

The discussions help reduce possible isolation of student who don’t attend the university. Student experience, feedback and problems can be shared with other students and e-tutors.

What lessons have we learnt?

Engagement and interaction is enhanced at the start of the course e.g. inductions giving as sense of community and facilitating collaborative learning.