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This paper presents some preliminary findings from a study with the two aims of examining: (i) gender differences in online participation and (ii) methods for obtaining better online debate. A number of research methods were used. The study involved a WebCT conference for a total population of 123 second year students following a module on Communicating via Multimedia. Students were split into groups of 3-6 students. There were about 1500 contributions to the debates over 10 days. One resultdoi:10.11120/ital.2002.01020002 fatcat:izu2wjayzbeqhi2n6vwzcyrwly