It would be nice to breathe fresh life into the social construction tools like the Discussion Board. Currently managing posts, reviewing and directing students to use the discussion board is time consuming and not very popular. The discussion board could be so much more effective if it could allow you to:
- set up a discussion board activity where each user has to make a post and there is a tracking sheet that clearly shows if a student has made a post in thread (like Gradebook).
- A task is set whereby a student is automatically allocated another students' post to reply to. Again, a gradebook-like interface allows easy tracking of task completion. (This would reduce the usual issue of certain posts receiving more responses and others languishing without peer interaction.)
- A further column in the gradebook like tracker that shows how many posts a student made overall to the discussion board task activity that was set up.
I also like the 3CQ approach (see Inside Higher Ed article) that could be promoted to encourage further development of skills in forum discussions.
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