Ke Zhang and Kyle L. Peck's paper (2003) could give some interesting insights for teachers considering the use of social learning environments.
"Three conclusions were reached:
- Groups assigned to moderated forums displayed significantly higher reasoning scores than those in the peer-controlled condition, but the moderation did not affect correctness of solutions.
- Students in the moderated forums reported being more likely to choose to use an optional online forum for future collaborations.
- Students who reported having no difficulty during collaboration reported being more likely to choose to use an optional online forum in the future."