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  • 1. Effective Use of Online DiscussionBoards
    Susan McCourt
    Bristol Community College
    Susan.McCourt@BristolCC.edu
  • 2. Who’s here today?
  • 3. Why discussion?
    Engagement with other students and instructor
  • 4. Why discussion?
    Ask questions
    Answer questions
  • 5. Why discussion?
    Display and Discuss Graphs
  • 6. Assignments
    Statistics
    Liberal Arts Math
  • 7. Statistics
    StatCrunch Data
    Histogram, shape, skew
    Boxplot, 5-number summary, outliers, dispersion, z-scores
    Linear Regression: r-value and correlation, equation slope and intercept, residual
    Normal Distribution: QQ-plot
  • 8. Software for Students
    Jing: www.jingproject.com
    Screencast software that can give students embed code
    First assignment critical
  • 9. Jing and Discussion
    Also provided:
    Handout and
    Video
  • 10. What works?
    Technology required and early
    Liberal Arts Math
  • 11. What works?
    1) Technology required and early
    Statistics
  • 12. What works?
    2) Rubric with strict grading (and nudging in first assignment)
  • 13. What works?
    3) Answer only in Discussion Board
  • 14. What works?
    If needed, bonus points for asking/helping
  • 15. How do I decide?
    Enhances learning
    Fills a hole
    Worth the work for me and students
  • 16. Other ideas
    Students photo their work
    Upload to their computer
    Use Jing to post
  • 17. Questions?
    Susan.McCourt@BristolCC.edu