TEI Workshop – Getting the most out of your online discussions

TEI Workshop - Getting the most out of your online discussions

Discussion boards are a staple of online courses; however, they can also be very beneficial to face-to-face courses.   As noted in the Mastering Online Discussion Board Facilitation resource guide, there are a number of benefits for using online discussion boards:

  • Builds class community by promoting discussion on course topics
  • Allows time for in-depth reflection- students have more time to reflect, research & compose their thoughts before participating in the discussion
  • Facilitates learning by allowing students to view & to respond to the work of others
  • Develops thinking & writing skills
  • Allows guest experts to participate in the course by posting information & responding to questions (p.2).

In this workshop, we will explore Blackboard’s discussion boards as well as discuss different ways you can use a discussion board in your course. Topics we will cover include:

  • Creating a Discussion Board Forum
  • Creating a Discussion Board Thread
  • Replying to a Discussion Board Thread
  • Grading a Discussion Board Forum
  • Grading a Discussion Board Thread
  • Managing Discussions
  • Searching and Collecting Discussion Board Posts
  • Tagging Discussion Board Posts
  • Rating Discussion Board Posts
  • Moderating Discussions
  • Viewing Discussion Board Statistics
  • Discussing different ways to use a discussion board in a course.

Location: HULT 154 (AV center) and LLAC 317 (If you are on the Dunkirk campus and would like to participate, please let me know so that I can make room and connection arrangements.)

Date and time:

Keep an eye out for other workshops at https://www.sunyjcc.edu/faculty-staff/training

Stan Skrabut, Ed.D.

Stan is Director of Technology-Enhanced Instruction. He has over 20 years experience working as an instructional technologist and trainer. He has a master’s degree in computing technology in education and a doctorate in education specializing in instructional technology.

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