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Cally - Wiley
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Any suggestions on using the discussion forums to engage students a bit better? I used the forums in the spring, provided a rubric for each post but most students did the bare minimum and the forums turned into “busy work” they completed last minute!
I concur that the discussion forums do not really generate enthusiasm. I am also interested in also other strategies on engagement.
I've actually had better luck with discussion when I've provided no prompts. I created a rubric in which I let them know I'm grading half the score based on depth and insight with the other half the score pass/fail coming from constructive and friendly interaction.
Darlene here from Stearns Center. You might rethink how you design your discussion forums. You might include more case studies, debates, applications to real-life. Here is a resource with ideas: https://www.goucher.edu/learn/graduate-programs/distance-learning-resources/documents/faculty_documents/Mastering-Online-Discussion-Board-Facilitation-Edutopia.pdf
thanks for that great resource Darlene!
ITS and Steans Center have been awesome. They did a great job showing me how to manage my Blackboard grade book!
Thanks Darlene, very helpful discussion link.
We have a template that faculty may load into their online courses. It is available at this site: https://stearnscenter.gmu.edu/knowledge-center/instructional-continuity/ Scroll down the page to find Blackboard info.
Be strategic with discussion forums. Do you need them every week? Do you need multiple ones each week? Be intentional and innovative. Then students will be engaged.
See info on SC website: https://stearnscenter.gmu.edu/knowledge-center/online-teaching/digital-teaching-tips/online-discussions/
Request Sandbox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandboxes are available to faculty indefinitely and are not moved to archive.
can we add zoom to our blackboard courses?