The present work aims at providing some further insights into the effectiveness of the learner-learner interaction by reviewing the current literature on the topic and providing details of the experiences of the authors in fully online and/or blended mode learning, utilising the Blackboard e-learning system. It is imperative to specify that the techniques and pedagogy of this learner-to-learner interaction can be utilised in any online learning platform that embodies a discussion board facility. Such technologies incorporate a variety of tools serving as enablers and facilitators of non-traditional teaching and learning methods and offer interaction among students through discussion groups. This interaction fosters social presence and ‘strengthens their relationship with the group’ (Bouhnik and Marcus 2006). The authors will provide a thorough review of the literature regarding student satisfaction and performance. Following the theoretical part relevant to the topic, the authors plan to present preliminary results of their study based on interviews with online instructors concerning their perceptions of the effectiveness of learner-to-learner interaction using the online collaboration tool (discussion board) of the Blackboard platform. We are hoping that the presentation will trigger a fruitful discussion with the audience. Those attending will gain an understanding of how the interaction element can be designed, how it can be assessed, and what are the advantages to the students.
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