A number of developed countries have started online educational programs and more are likely to follow suit. The study by Arulchelvan (2011) helps highlight some key concepts in developing strong online discussion. Some of these concepts are content based while others are more technology driven. Having the right design and development are important for ensuring that the forums stimulate learning. Online forums can be even more beneficial than traditional methods of learning. The ability to discuss concepts in a 24/7 environment allows for students to have constant access to each other. When there is full engagement this ability encourages flexibility and interest in the educational process. Forums can promote critical thinking, problem solving and knowledge construction. Critical thinking is a process of judging premises and finding alternative meanings. Problem solving encourages solutions and knowledge construction creates the framework for knowledge. Each contributes and
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