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Method 1: Class-wide Post & Discussion

The Post & Discussion assignment is the simplest way to utilize a discussion board. As the instructor, you come up with one or more discussion questions designed to foster meaningful dialog about the content. Students are then asked to respond to these questions. A class-wide discussion follows.

Instruction Sample

Classwide Discussion: After watching the video, individually discuss the question provided below. Additional questions will be posted by your professor throughout the week. Read the responses of your classmates and thoughtfully reply to at least two posts. Additional comments should follow.

  • Opens: Monday, 5pm (local time)
  • Closes: Saturday, 11:55pm (local time)

Technique Tips:

  • Ensure that questions provoke discussion and are not simply answered by a “yes or no” response.
  • Professor posts a wrap-up at the end of the discussion for class-wide review.

Method 2: Cold-Calling (Group or Individual)

Rather than having every student turn in a response to a prompt or assignment, tell students ahead of time that you will be “cold-calling” a select groups of students to post their material. This way, all students will be prepared and caught up on their work, and will learn from the the feedback you give on those that are called.

Instruction Sample

Individual Cold Calling: This discussion involves individual cold-calling. Using the lesson from the week, individually solve for the 3 problems provided. Two groups of students will be cold-called. The first set of four students will post solutions and the second set of four will critique the solutions posted. A class-wide announcement will be posted by Monday at midnight with the names of students being cold-called.

  • by Tuesday 8pm (EST) selected students should post their solutions
  • by Thursday 8pm (EST) selected students should post their critique
  • Student not called on specifically should comment individually Thursday-Friday
  • Saturday at 11:55pm (EST) the forum will close
  • Sunday morning the professor will provide a wrap-up and the correct solution to each problem

Instruction Sample

Group Cold Calling – All Groups: Post a summary of your discussion to the class-wide discussion forum linked above by Tuesday at 11:55pm (EST). Use your group space to discuss the assigned question below:

  • Groups 1 and 2: Question #1
  • Groups 3 and 4: Question #2
  • Groups 5 and 6: Question #3
  • Groups 7 and 8: Question #4

Cold-Called Students*: If you have been chosen by your professor as a cold call responder, you are asked to a respond to a particular question. You must read both group posts to that question and then make your own comments. Post your comments to the class-wide discussion forum linked above by Thursday at 11:55pm (EST).

* Note: Specific students will be cold called in an announcement posted no later than Tuesday at midnight (EST).

All Individuals: Individual comments should follow group posting Friday and Saturday. The discussion ends on Saturday at midnight (EST).

Technique Tips:

  • When an assignment includes cold-calling, make a note of it in your syllabus.
  • Keep a record of the names of the individuals you cold-called and rotate your selection throughout the course.
  • Have the full class discuss comments on the postings.
  • Post a wrap-up for class wide review.

Method 3: Group Posting

Groups of three to five students are assigned a case, topic, or assignment to discuss. The group members analyze the challenge and agree on a final answer privately in group space (like Google Drive or a private discussion forum in Moodle). One member of the group is then selected to post the group’s findings to the class-wide discussion forum.

Instruction Sample

Assigned Groups: In your learning groups, create a collective response to the assigned discussion question based on the group assignments below. Post it to the class-wide discussion forum. Individual participation to follow group postings.

  • Group 1: Post a response to question #1.
    • due on or before Tuesday at 11:55pm (EST)
  • Group 2: Post a response to question #2.
    • due on or before Tuesday at 11:55pm (EST)
  • Group 3: Post a response to question #3.
    • due on or before Thursday at 11:55pm (EST)
  • Group 4: Post a response to question #4.
    • due on or before Thursday at 11:55pm (EST)

Individuals: Read the responses for all other groups. Post a thoughtful reply to at least one other group. Individual comments should follow group posting Thursday – Friday. The discussion ends Friday at midnight (local time).

Technique Tips:

  • Publish group membership well ahead of time.
  • Clearly define what is expected in the group summary or final answer.
  • Post a wrap-up for class-wide review.

Method 4: Group Post and Critique

Divide class into groups of three to five students. Assign half of the groups a Group Posting (discussed above), and have the other be “critique” groups. When the assignment groups have posted their findings, each “critique” groups analyze a particular group’;s response privately. They then post the critique for the class to review.

Instruction Sample

All Individuals: Individual comments should follow group posting Thursday-Friday. The discussion ends Friday at 11:55pm (local time).

Groups 1-3: Post a summary of your discussion to the class-wide discussion questions below by Tuesday 11:55pm (local time).

  • Group 1 >> Answers Question #1
  • Group 2 >> Answers Question #2
  • Group 3 >> Answers Question #3

Groups 4-6: Provide feedback and post it to the class-wide discussion forum by Wednesday at 11:55pm (local time).

  • Group 4 >> Provides feedback and comments for Group 1’s posting
  • Group 5 >> Provides feedback and comments for Group 2’s posting
  • Group 6 >> Provides feedback and comments for Group 3’s posting

Technique Tips:

  • Include a method for peers to assess how well their fellow group members participated.
  • Do another Group Post and Critique activity later in the module, with the group roles reversed.
  • Post a wrap-up for class-wide review highlighting the outstanding posts as an example for moving forward.