Effective use of online discussion

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Effective use of online discussion

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

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