Beyond Platitudes: Using BlackBoard Learn to Stimulate Engaging Online Discussions - Kagendo Mutua & Katherine Klose
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"There is absolutely no way online discussions can engage students as well as do face-to-face classroom Interactions!" asserted the Non-Believer.

"There is absolutely no way online discussions can engage students as well as do face-to-face classroom Interactions!" asserted the Non-Believer. | Beyond Platitudes: Using BlackBoard Learn to Stimulate Engaging Online Discussions - Kagendo Mutua & Katherine Klose | Scoop.it

 Anyone who thinks that online discussions cannot be engaging must not have seen a teenager text! The preference for texting over voice should be a beacon as to power of that medium to engage.

 

kagendo mutua's insight:

Having done both the face-to-face and online discussions, I now see the level of reflexivity that goes into comments that students post online. In particular when provided clear parameters around which build their responses (e.g., citing research, drawing from personal experiences, etc)

 

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Katherine Klose's comment, February 7, 2013 9:18 PM
Possibly they are even more engaging, as online discussions provide time for critical thinking and preparation before jumping into the discussion fray.
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Some Examples of Student-Led Discussions

Some Examples of Student-Led Discussions | Beyond Platitudes: Using BlackBoard Learn to Stimulate Engaging Online Discussions - Kagendo Mutua & Katherine Klose | Scoop.it

Student-Led discussions flip the student-instructor roles. For them to work, the infrastructure has to be in place... do the leg-work before jumping in or before the students get into the course 

~Define task

~Define roles (that are empowering and necessary) ...don't ask students to restate the obvious. Have them engage with content, connect and collaborate to create responses to prompts

~Step aside and facilitate

  

 

****Sample Transcripts of student-led discussions available***

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How to facilitate an online discussion board

A handy 1-page resource developed by Dr. Sarah Elaine Eaton for online learning students at the University of Calgary.
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Best Practices for Online Discussions - Straight out of Chico

Discussions take two general forms, synchronous and asynchronous. Synchronous Synchronous, or "at the same time" is called a "chat". Students participating in a chat have to be logged in at the same time and are conversing in real time.
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Background to the Courses

Background to the Courses | Beyond Platitudes: Using BlackBoard Learn to Stimulate Engaging Online Discussions - Kagendo Mutua & Katherine Klose | Scoop.it

Sped Course 1 is a  graduate-level service course that is certificatio- related and is taken by students in all teacher education programs, school psychology, sometimes communication disorders, and other related and unrelated areas.

    

Majority of students in the course have little to no experience with learners with disabilities. Most are wary about disabilities, especially how to talk about disability.

        Sped Course 1 was 100% online

 

Sped Course 2  is an introductory course to severe disabilities. Course enrollees have background in disability but usually not much at all in severe disabilities.

       Sped Course 2 was a Flipped Classroom (all course content and materials            

were online. Students completed readings, posts, assignments online and regularly met each week for seminar-type discussions.

 

Sped Course 3 is a methods course on how to teach K-12 learners with disabilities. Majority of course enrollees have background in severe disabilities.

          Sped Course 3 online components were being created while the course was in session.

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Traditional in-Class Discussions

Traditional in-Class Discussions | Beyond Platitudes: Using BlackBoard Learn to Stimulate Engaging Online Discussions - Kagendo Mutua & Katherine Klose | Scoop.it

Ad hoc class discussions can be dominated by one or a few vocal individuals to the exclusion of others.

Minority voices such as those espousing opposing views, non-mainstream points of views can easily be muffled or ignored.

kagendo mutua's insight:

In an online discussion, everyone's voice has a fair chance for being heard.

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Katherine Klose's curator insight, February 7, 2013 9:50 PM

Exactly--online discussions even the playing field and give aa voice to reluctant speakers.

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21st-Century-Overview.jpg (856x661 pixels)

21st-Century-Overview.jpg (856x661 pixels) | Beyond Platitudes: Using BlackBoard Learn to Stimulate Engaging Online Discussions - Kagendo Mutua & Katherine Klose | Scoop.it

Educating 21st Century learners--an infographic.

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The online environment is NOT the physical classroom on the Internet! Thus our instructional behavior must change in accord with this 21st Century space and 21st Century learner. 

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Terms of Engagement

Terms of Engagement | Beyond Platitudes: Using BlackBoard Learn to Stimulate Engaging Online Discussions - Kagendo Mutua & Katherine Klose | Scoop.it

A discussion that is overly instructor-dependent will fizzle out and die a rapid death.

1. Set the stage for discussion---provide instructions and guidelines upfront so that students know what their role is in discussion

2. Provide options and choices of roles that individual students can self-select in regard to the discussion (e.g., discussant vs. participant)

3,. Provide role options and variety of topics for students to self-assign  and self-select

4. Monitor discussion without overwhelming it with your commentary

5. Guide/redirect unobtrusively, with just enough presence for students to know you are following along, but not masking their voices. 

kagendo mutua's insight:

Set the stage and relinquish control (tough to do?)

 ...o.k. How about set the stage and yield control to your student?

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Tips for Online Instructors: Managing Files, Feedback, and Workload ...

Tips for Online Instructors: Managing Files, Feedback, and Workload ... | Beyond Platitudes: Using BlackBoard Learn to Stimulate Engaging Online Discussions - Kagendo Mutua & Katherine Klose | Scoop.it
Establishing a regular presence in the online classroom, grading assignments and discussions, and maintaining records and notes from term to term are all time consuming – but essential – tasks. Learning to take care of the ...
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DISCUSSION: Over-Sharing Online: Is Nothing Sacred Anymore?

DISCUSSION: Over-Sharing Online: Is Nothing Sacred Anymore? | Beyond Platitudes: Using BlackBoard Learn to Stimulate Engaging Online Discussions - Kagendo Mutua & Katherine Klose | Scoop.it
    On the afternoon of Feb. 6, the Twitter hashtag#30FactsAboutMe began trending. Instantly, people from across the nation joined the conversation by sharing personal details about thems...
kagendo mutua's insight:

How do we get students talking? 

1. Start on the first day....I have students introduce themselves (say the usual stock things: class, major, etc, blah, blah, blah), then I ask them tell share something interesting about themselves. 

 

 

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