Numerous studies have illustrated the ability of online class discussion forums to support college-level student learning and performance. Yet few instructors incorporate forums into their courses. Many believe that students will fail to find value in or even use class forums or they are concerned about increasing their instructional workloads. Herein we address these concerns via a mixed-methods study of our own students' experiences with class forums.
L. Albert and Nitin Aggarwal. "Use and Perceived Value of Class Forums" Academic Exchange Quarterly (2012): 19-24.