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Use of Asynchronous Audio Feedback in Discussion Boards With Online RN-BSN Students

London, Julie PhD, RN, CNE

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000633
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Background Learning management systems are offering more complex technological tools to educators than ever before. One of these tools gaining interest is embedding audio files in discussion boards so the student can hear verbal feedback from the instructor. This study explored the effect of embedding audio feedback in discussion boards with RN-BSN students.

Purpose The purpose of this research was to examine the instructional methodology of text-only versus audio-only feedback in discussion boards and the subsequent impact on teaching presence and sense of community in the course room.

Methods A quasi-experimental posttest design with a comparison group was used to examine the impact of using audio-only compared with text-only feedback in discussion boards.

Results Multiple regression statistics consistently indicated that text-only feedback was preferred by online RN-BSN students in discussion boards over audio-only feedback.

Conclusion Use of text-only feedback in online course discussion boards increases the perception of teaching presence and sense of community.

Author Affiliation: Associate Professor, Nursing, SUNY Delhi, Delhi, New York.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Julie London, PhD, RN, CNE, SUNY Delhi, 454 Delhi Dr, Delhi, NY 13753 (

Accepted for publication: November 1, 2018

Published ahead of print: December 20, 2018

Online date: December 21, 2018

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