Discussion: experience your students by the words they express

Posted on: February 24, 2017 | By: Cheri Crabb, PhD | Filed under: Instructional Technologies

Discussion boards can encourage conversation outside the classroom walls. Here are some tips to use this tool across disciplines.2954658325_24afb04069

  • Post pictures, videos, and/or audio of students to build community in the LMS
  • Set rules and standards for good netiquette before the first post, or have the students develop these guidelines
  • Ask questions focused on knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation
  • Require students to provide substantial posts backed up with class information, readings, and references or resources
  • Post an example of a stellar response
  • Alternate postings by assigning students to respond every other week; or summarize discussion points in the forum
  •  Incorporate external website links to maintain current discussions
  • Summarize the important points in the discussion boards weekly as announcements
  • Assign groups a different course topic to explore; post in the main discussion area for review and comment
  • Assign discussion groups to create a product such as:  a quiz for the class, write a response to an author, compose a critique of a reading, brainstorm a topic, create a journal article review, compare and contrast an issue, reinforce procedures, or post products in the main discussion area for review and comment

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Cheri Crabb, PhD

I am dedicated to working with online faculty at Elon University and pride myself on designing quality curriculum advocating instructional technology usage. My career in academia is focused on instructional design and development using integrated electronic media systems. I earned my Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Systems Design and Development from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University while representing NASA’s Office of Education as their first Graduate Studies Research Program doctoral fellowship recipient.

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