Why Discussion Boards?
Discussion Boards can significantly enhance academic engagement with content and social collaboration with classmates and faculty. Well-designed discussion boards provide:
8 Discussion Board Ideas
When creating the discussion board, always start with the learning goal connected to course competencies and objectives. With a little bit of innovation and creativity, discussion boards can be engaging and take your course to a whole new level. A well developed question, problem or prompt is critical!
Problem & Solution
Pose a content-based problem and have students generate creative or evidence based solutions.
Collaborative Class Slide Deck
Have each student contribute a content slide to a class deck.
Connect students to local and global real-world events to make connections.
Image Collection(with or without text)
Ask students to post an image, which can inspire creativity, provide visual representation, promote diversity of perspective and artistry. *Note -also a great opportunity to discuss image licenses with students. (Pixabay and Unsplash)
Have students watch a content related video and respond to reflective questions.
Virtual Field Trips
Post a link for students to visit and explore. Students report back findings and discoveries. Example: Interactive Virtual Field Trips - Discovery Education
Split the whole class into smaller group discussions, allow students to, connect and collaborate with 3-5 classmates. How do I create a group discussion in a course?
Have students create a video response to prompt, question, or challenge. (Animoto and Flipgrid)
For more great ideas on how to utilize Discussion Boards, check out this collection of Faculty Focus articles!
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