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  • 1.
  • 2. Transitioning your course to online
    Creating effective Discussion Boards
  • 3. “The quality and quantity of interaction between faculty and students and among students constitutes a significant component in the definition of quality for any course whether online or face-to-face.”Allen & Seaman (2003)
  • 4. How do we effectivelysimulate this online?
  • 5. Focus on a component of online teaching and learning
    which encourages and supports interaction:
    Discussion Boards
  • 6. If you build it, will they come?
  • 7. Not necessarily.Productive discussion boards must be planned.
  • 8. Best Practices
    • Structure discussions
    • 9. Require students to participate
    • 10. Grade students efforts
    • 11. Engage students
  • Structuring Discussions
    Create topic questions that provide a sound base from which discussion can be built
    Provide precise directions
    Communicate your expectations
    Define your role & let them know
  • 12. Require Participation
    • Make it a graded portion of the course
    • 13. Offer: scope, approach, tone, length and deadlines* for each post.
    *on-time participation is crucial to establishing a conversational, academic exchange.
    • Require students to respond to others.
    • 14. Designate a student-moderated forum such as a Cybercafe.
  • Grading: Using a Rubric
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  • 15. Include grading criteria in each topic:
  • 16. Engage students
    Post questions and scenarios that require learners to use their own experience
    Relate discussion to course objectives
    Create learning teams
    Link to multimedia content
  • 17. Summary
    Structure
    Require participation
    Grade effort
    Engage
    students
    Successful
    Online
    Discussion
    Boards
  • 18. References
    • Edelstein, S., and Edwards, J. (2002). If you build it, they will come: Building learning communities through threaded discussions. The Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 5(1). Available Online: http://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/spring51/edelstein51.html (rubrics)
    • 19. Martyn, M. “Using Interaction in online Discussion Boards.” http://connect.educause.edu/Library/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/UsingInteractioninOnlineD/39941?time=1210648601
    • 20. Ragan, L. Best Practices in Online Teaching - During Teaching - Assess Messages in Online Discussions. http://cnx.org/content/m15035/latest/#element-710
    • 21. Allen, I. Elaine and Seaman, Jeff (2003) "Sizing the Opportunity: the Quality and Extent of Online Education in the United States, 2002-2003" http://www.aln.org/resources/sizing_opportunity.pdf