Tag: discussion board

Ten Ways to Spice Up Online Discussions: September Online Learning Webinar

Instructional Technologist Jackie Wickham hosted the September Online Learning Webinar, Ten Ways to Spice Up Online Discussions. The recording is available on Blue Jeans, and you can provide feedback and suggest topics for future Online Learning Webinars. The ideas and resources that Jackie shared in the webinar are outlined below: Require students to use media – a picture, audio, or video – in their discussion posts. This Canvas Guide shows how to record and upload video within Canvas. Use the Discussion Analytics tool developed by Northwestern Information Technology to get data on student participation and discussion themes. Encourage storytelling. Asking


Nebula: February 2016 Online Learning Webinar

The February Online Learning Webinar focused on Nebula, a new tool developed by Northwestern’s department of Industrial Engineering and Management Science in collaboration with Northwestern Information Technology. Nebula integrates with the discussion board in any Canvas course to build a visual network graph of the course discussions. For more information about Nebula, see this blog post. The recording of February’s Online Learning Webinar is available here. If you’re interested in learning more about Nebula, participating in a test discussion, or adding Nebula to your course, contact Jackie Wickham.


Nebula: A Graphic Interface for Discussion Forums

Northwestern’s department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences and Northwestern Information Technology have created Nebula, a tool that presents discussion forum activity as a visual network graph. Nebula was developed to increase interaction and collaboration in the discussion board environment. Using Nebula, students and faculty can see the entire discussion board history on one interface. Different node colors represent participants’ own contributions, and the read or unread status of each discussion post. The size of each node on the network graph represents the length of the post. These attributes allow discussion participants to easily visualize their activity in the class


Increasing Student Engagement in Discussion Boards

At InstructureCon 2015, I attended the presentation “Creating Online Learning Communities through Discussion Boards” by Marcella Caprario and Belinda Clements from Council on International Educational Exchange – Teaching English as a Foreign Language (CIEE-TEFL) The presentation highlighted three key findings after a year of analyzing discussion board posts in their course and researching different theories of student engagement in the online space. Instructor presence, when frequent and planned, on discussion boards increased student engagement in the boards – both in the quantity and quality of postings. Tips for instructors: Be active on the boards so students know you’re listening. Summarize


Let’s Give ’Em Something to Talk About—Part II Writing Engaging Discussion Forum Prompts

Guest Post by: Leslie Fischer. Leslie Fischer teaches in traditional, hybrid, and online classrooms at SPS and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. She has taught writing, literature, and communication at SPS for 28 years and has taught at the university level for 34 years.  Reach her on twitter @LeslieAFischer or by email at l-fischer@northwestern.edu. In a previous blog post, I wrote about the professor’s online presence in discussion forums. Part two focuses on writing discussion prompts that cultivate distance learning students’ active learning. Active learning depends on students being both socially and cognitively present; throughout the term, develop an array of