Active Discussion Boards

September 26, 2022

Want your discussion board to be active with conversation? Try these tips to improve the quality of the experience for your learners.

Active Discussion Boards

Encouraging active conversation on discussion boards can be tricky but what makes it difficult in an education setting is that they need to be active and of a certain quality. Read on to learn about how you can create discussion board prompts that get your learners actively engaged and help achieve a higher level of academic quality.

Multiple Due Dates

Avoid having a singular due date, which encourages learners to all post on the discussion board at the last minute at the same time. This structure does not encourage a discussion, but rather simply a quick posting to complete an assignment. Employ multiple due dates by having a due date for an initial post and having a second one for replies a couple of days later, to allow for a longer, less hectic conversation.

More Effective Prompts

Clear and to the point

Consider the depth of explanation that you provide in your discussion prompt. Aim to be short and clear with your language. Avoid run-on sentences or tangential thoughts. Clearly identify the very specific task that learners are supposed to complete in their discussion posts.

Direct them to engage

Present a challenge, and direct learners by asking them to think about potential solutions to that challenge. Or provide a solution or two and instruct them to consider the advantages and disadvantages of a particular solution.

Remind them to present the “why” for their answers to the prompt and connect that “why” to how they think others might disagree with them, or have them connect it to the content of the course.

Promote Variety in Discussion board Prompts

Structure your prompts so that a variety of replies are encouraged. You can do this by instructing learners to take a variety of perspectives in addressing the prompt. You can get them started by providing a few relevant perspectives you think would benefit the online conversation. Encourage them to find another perspective that is relevant but not listed. This can open the opportunity for learners from diverse backgrounds to bring their unique cultural perspectives to the conversation.

Upcoming Events

Kaltura Advanced I

Kaltura Advanced I is dedicated to creating interactive quizzes in your Kaltura videos. After this training, you will be able to create a quiz in Kaltura, add a video quiz as an assignment in Canvas, access quiz results, and use the Kaltura dropbox to let students submit videos. Facilitated by Gray Jackson, Learning Technology Specialist. Contact James Butler with any questions about this session.

Kaltura Advanced II

Advanced II focuses on quality pedagogy when using Kaltura. After this session, you will be able to implement best practices for using Kaltura and you will be able to explain how to use Kaltura to enhance your class. Facilitated by James Butler, Digital Learning Strategist. For questions about this training, please email James Butler.

Quick Hits: Quiz Building

Creating Canvas quizzes can seem daunting, but by the end of this walkthrough demo you will become an efficient Canvas quiz builder. We will discuss question types, how to create question banks, and answer any questions you may have. Facilitated by Axel Ruiz, Learning Technology Specialist. A Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants, 48 hours prior to the day of the event. Contact James Butler with any questions about this session.

Review Clemson Online’s Calendar of Events page for a look at the rest of the development events we are offering in Fall 2022.

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