When did online discussion boards get such a bad reputation that they became the target of internet memes?!
Discussion Boards have become an integral component of most online courses. The real question is - how effective are they in terms of supporting student learning? Could they be better?
I ask because I have yet to encounter a student who says, "Yay! Discussion boards! I learn so much from them!" In fact, here are some more typical responses that I have gotten when I've asked online students their opinion on the matter:
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