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Piazza is a free online gathering place where students can ask, answer, and explore 24/7, under the guidance of their instructors. Students as well as instructors can answer questions, fueling a healthy, collaborative discussion.
Teachers in the blended or flipped environment should investigate this powerful discussion system. Lots of nuances and you can't beat the price (free).
From a conveying useful information perspective, the most popular discussion has 0 value. However, from the perspective of encouraging people to bond and become emotionally invested in the community, it's very useful.
When members become emotionally invested in the community, their level of activity goes up. When members participate in bonding/status-jockeying discussions, their level of activity goes up. When members get to know each other beyond the topic, their level of activity increases.
Are you having trouble getting students to participate in online discussions? Consider using other types of prompts in addition to the typical open-ended question. Maria Ammar, assistant English professor at Frederick Community College, uses the following prompts in her English as a second language course and recommends them for other types of courses:
Discussion is the pulminary system of a facilitated online class. Mixing up the discussion prompt style is a great suggestion for keeping things fresh and appealing.
The Four Quadrant Poster is the newest activity added to Technology-Enhanced Social Emotional Activities. I love using this activity as an icebreaker for students to get to know one another and to...
I'm always looking for good icebreakers. Indeed, I would drop any online class that doesn't strat with an icebreaker. Why? Starting with an icebreaker recognizes the importance of building trust in a learning community. It's a simple way to get to know each other (and have a little low stress practice using the discussion software).
I know some are uncomfortable with this practice. Better the few should change their attitudes and lighten up; skipping the icebreaker is a deal breaker for me!
Maybe used (adapted) for Team Building. Every team member may express his "best things" and the moderator can help the team to come up with new activities to be done.
Susan Salvo's University Project for 2012. This video discusses the use of interactive discussion boards or "conversation boards" using Google products.
Many online courses will require you as a student to contribute to class discussions. These often take place asynchronously – where each person in the class adds his or her contribution and replies ...
An online discussion can be just as spirited, enlightening, and engaging as one taking place in the face-to-face environment -- if it is facilitated well. Read some tips for helping students gain the full benefit of discussions in your online course.
Great overview plus she gives a shout out to #rmusallam Flip Your Classroom with Online Discussions
Dialogue is the creative thinking together that can emerge when genuine empathetic listening, respect for all participants, safety, peer relationships, suspending judgment, sincere inquiry, courageous speech, and discovering and disclosing assumptions work together to guide our conversations. It is an activity of curiosity, cooperation, creativity, discovery, and learning rather than persuasion, competition, fear, and conflict. Dialogue is the only symmetrical form of communication. Dialogue emerges from trusting relationships
In online classes, discussion posts take the place of classroom participation. Learn how to turn your ideas into thoughtful posts and good grades!
Whether you are a seasoned distance learner or are taking your very first online class, the online class discussion (also known as online bulletin board or message forum) is central to your online learning experience.
An online discussion forum should be an effective way of engaging students in careful and considered reflection, yet often they represent time-consuming and frustrating experiences for faculty.."
I set up a free account and was up and running quickly. Collaborize Classroom was one of the best 'finds' from my time at the ISTE 2012 Convention in San Diego. Although they are targeting middle and high school teachers, everything they provide fits my needs as an e-learning instructor at the graduate level. ~ Dennis
Atomic Learning Tutorial Video about Online Discussions.
On Monday I will begin my new job. As I've mentioned before, I will be working as a Technology Resource Specialist as well as teaching a couple of classes.
In an effort to bring my own classroom to the present, I’ve put together a list of 10 icebreakers that use technology and fit with 21st century students:
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Para romper el hielo y conocer a estudiantes, participantes, etc. usando la tecnología. ¡Me gustó mucho!
icebreakers using technology
Dr. Linda Putchinski in UCF's College of Business Administration has three rules for creating discussions prompts:
In addition to these rules, Dr. Putchinski frequently adds in learner choice by allowing students to select from two discussions topics.
Writing discussion provocative discussion prompts takes practice. Here's some solid advice, backd by a number of examples to get you thinking about the discussions you facilitate in your online classes.
While your LMS discussion tool helps to foster student interaction, you may feel limited by its structure and capabilities. It’s time to bring some variety into the way students interact with you and each other.
Algunas ideas y herramientas TIC para fomentar la comunicación con y entre los alumnos
Using discussion boards can be an effective way to encourage group or team interaction, particularly in online courses.
I want to have a look at the darker side of the digital strangers and online learning in this post. I argue that online disinhibition can have significant impacts on the effectiveness of online learning, the motivation of participants and ultimately on the wider processes of social interaction and connectivity.
In the online classroom, there are usually discussion questions. This is often the main way the instructor and students interact with one another ... discussions are an important part of the learning process ...
I've got a bone to pick with higher ed online education courses. Maybe it's just me, but is something amiss with how the discussion forums work?
Collaborize Classroom™ allows teachers to extend their classroom discussions and lesson plans to a structured and private online community.
This is a wonderful way to introduced faciltated discussion to any classroom (face to face or online).
Fine support materials and ineresting technology!
Welcome to the Collaborize Classroom Topic Library, a free resource where teachers can download, share and archive the lessons that are most effectively engaging students today. Here you can find thousands of peer-reviewed topic-based lessons shared by teachers from all around the world.
As an instructional designer and professor that has designed, developed, and taught both online and traditional face to face courses discussions are an important factor to building community. Learn...
Academic Conversations,Where would we be without conversation? Throughout history, conversations have allowed us to see different perspectives, build ideas, and solve problems.
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