Online Forum: A Platform that Affects Students’ Learning?


In the current era of globalization, constant and perpetual advances in information technology are reshaping learning styles and the way students learn in higher education. Thus, the purpose of this study was to determine the usage of online forums as a platform and learning tool. It also investigated how online forum affected students’ learning, particularly in active learning and independent learning. A survey was conducted amongst 113 business foundation students from a private university in Malaysia. The study found that learning experience and learning satisfaction gained from online forum influence both active learning and independent learning. Conversely, learning ease only affects active learning and not independent learning. These findings draw attention to facets of online forums, which could have an impact on how instructors transfer knowledge and how students learn.

Keywords: online forum, learning ease, learning satisfaction, learning experience, active learning, independent learning

Premagowrie Sivanandan, Kalai Vaani Rajandram & Ho Ree Chan.