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Managing Your Blackboard Course - Shared screen with speaker view
Cally - Wiley
01:20
Hello everyone, welcome to today’s webinar! We’ll get started at the top of the hour and do a few sound checks between now & then.
Ibrahim Kargbo
46:18
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!
Faye Taxman
50:38
I concur that the discussion forums do not really generate enthusiasm. I am also interested in also other strategies on engagement.
Jamie Aprile
52:59
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 Smucny
53:17
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
Julie Owen
57:14
thanks for that great resource Darlene!
Ibrahim Kargbo
58:07
ITS and Steans Center have been awesome. They did a great job showing me how to manage my Blackboard grade book!
Charlene Douglas
01:00:08
Thanks Darlene, very helpful discussion link.
Darlene Smucny
01:02:54
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.
Darlene Smucny
01:04:22
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.
Darlene Smucny
01:06:17
See info on SC website: https://stearnscenter.gmu.edu/knowledge-center/online-teaching/digital-teaching-tips/online-discussions/
Darlene Smucny
01:22:12
Request Sandbox at courses@gmu.edu.
Darlene Smucny
01:23:16
Sandboxes are available to faculty indefinitely and are not moved to archive.
Jo-Marie Burt
01:24:22
can we add zoom to our blackboard courses?
Jo-Marie Burt
01:25:03
thanks.
Darlene Smucny
01:25:29
Thank you!
Darlene Smucny
01:26:17
stearns@gmu.edu
Darlene Smucny
01:26:47
You're welcome.