I've been checking out some of the links in the Resources page (https://scope.bccampus.ca/mod/page/view.php?id=15567) and also the really excellent article that Beth mentioned about "wonder" (https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/the-big-bang-of-motivation-questions-that-evoke-wonder-in-our-students/). I'm thinking I really must be intentional about how (and even if) I include a discussion forum. So as I'm preparing to draft something up, these kinds of questions run through my mind:
- what am I trying to do with this forum? Get people introduced to each other? Demonstrate understanding or mastery of some aspect of the course content? Develop students' ability to participate in an academic discussion? Instill curiosity, develop that sense of wonder? I probably won't be able to do it all within the same discussion forum.
- It's generally understood that increasing "interactivity" within a course will contribute positively to learning outcomes. What does a genuinely interactive discussion forum look like?
- Whatever it is I'm trying to achieve with this activity/learning outcome ... is a discussion forum the best way to do it?
Thanks for the bullet items Gina. I like the taking time to answer the why first. It may eliminate a whole pile of previous orientations to questions.
You've got me thinking....
Great comments and questions.
I will be contemplating this for quite awhile.