Ideas and Tips Using the Discussion Board
Require Participation <ul><li>Don’t let it be optional </li></ul><ul><li>“Set aside a portion of the grade allocation for ...
Form Learning Teams <ul><li>Advantages of collaborative learning are well documented. </li></ul><ul><li>Asynchronous confe...
Make Activity Interesting <ul><li>Give the students a reason to become engaged. </li></ul><ul><li>Appeal to their life exp...
Don’t Settle for Opinion <ul><li>Opinions are nice and everyone has one. </li></ul><ul><li>Insist that opinions be support...
Structure the Activity <ul><li>Topics organized around an academic theme that serves the course objectives. </li></ul><ul>...
Require a Hand-In Assignment <ul><li>Asks the students to integrate, synthesize and apply the information by creating a pi...
Know What You are Looking for and Involve Yourself in Making it Happen <ul><li>Know what quality work is and intervene as ...
Faculty Suggestions <ul><li>Consider requiring the student to summarize all feedback received to their own post. </li></ul...
Faculty Suggestions <ul><li>Synthesize students comments to highlight key issues. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Form a question fr...
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  1. 1. Ideas and Tips Using the Discussion Board
  2. 2. Require Participation <ul><li>Don’t let it be optional </li></ul><ul><li>“Set aside a portion of the grade allocation for participation in the online discussion.” </li></ul><ul><li>Consider grading on both the quantity and quality of the responses. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Form Learning Teams <ul><li>Advantages of collaborative learning are well documented. </li></ul><ul><li>Asynchronous conferencing overcomes scheduling conflicts that plague face-to-face learning teams. </li></ul><ul><li>Helps to facilitate social interaction and the feeling of being connected. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Make Activity Interesting <ul><li>Give the students a reason to become engaged. </li></ul><ul><li>Appeal to their life experience, vested interests, and ambitions. </li></ul><ul><li>Let the students create some of the topics for discussion with some guidance from you. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Don’t Settle for Opinion <ul><li>Opinions are nice and everyone has one. </li></ul><ul><li>Insist that opinions be supported with data and rational discourse. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage students to re-examine opinions in light of what others in the group are thinking. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Structure the Activity <ul><li>Topics organized around an academic theme that serves the course objectives. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t make the topics too open ended, this may cause students to digress. </li></ul><ul><li>Create activities that are best performed in a structured way. Ex.: Debate & Brainstorming </li></ul>
  7. 7. Require a Hand-In Assignment <ul><li>Asks the students to integrate, synthesize and apply the information by creating a piece of work related to the conference. </li></ul><ul><li>Can include idea generation & analysis, decisions, plans and designs, proposals, case studies, problems solution, research projects, term papers, portfolios or role playing. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Know What You are Looking for and Involve Yourself in Making it Happen <ul><li>Know what quality work is and intervene as the work develops to steer students in that direction. </li></ul><ul><li>When you participate in a conference, providing critique, feedback, and encouragement, students can’t help but become more involved. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Faculty Suggestions <ul><li>Consider requiring the student to summarize all feedback received to their own post. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Causes the student to synthesize information for a deeper level of learning. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Attempt to draw “silent” students into the discussion by specifically asking for their opinion on the discussion board. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Faculty Suggestions <ul><li>Synthesize students comments to highlight key issues. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Form a question from that and direct it towards a student or group of students. </li></ul></ul>

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