Academic Content in Discussion BoardsClosing thoughts (for professors)…• Create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that integrates studentssocially and academically into the course• Allow enough wait time to ensure peer interaction and student self-discovery• Avoid omniscient overbearing or evaluative posts that inhibit futureparticipation• Start a new conversation when one is stale or there’s a period of silence(Add a relevant link to a current event, for example, to discuss)• Model the behavior you are trying to elicit from students• If the discussion board is boring for you, it will definitely be boring foryour students!• Sustained interaction becomes a rich environment for critical thinking toflourish
Academic Content in Discussion BoardsClosing thoughts (for students)…• Check the discussion board every time you log on to the course website; itshould be the first thing you do, the first place you go• Read every new message before you post; your question may have alreadybeen answered• Learn how to get your academic content (your solution to a problem, forexample, or a question from the online homework) on the screen with theprint screen button, screen capture software, a webcam, a camera, your cellphone camera, a printer/scanner, etc.• Learn how to add arrows, boxes, text, highlighting, etc. to your image• There is no “silly question.” What’s silly is not asking a question. Theprofessor and your fellow students will all appreciate it and learn somethingfrom it, guaranteed!• If someone answers your question be sure to thank them then “close theloop” by saying you got it or ask for more help if you need it; other studentsmay also add their thoughts and contribute to the discussion
Academic Content in Discussion Boards Closing thought (for everyone)…Discussion forum dialogue has thepotential to be the most valuablelearning opportunity in the online environment!
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