By Lisa Young – Scottsdale Community College | 2012
Definition of discussion boards
Two quick videos that explains how discussion boards can be used to engage students:
Advantages of Using Discussion Boards in Hybrid Courses:
- valuable feedback
- connections seeing other point of view
- stimulating responses – less terrifying
- not in real-time
- come to some conclusions/summaries
- can see specific evidence from the text and can refer to in F2f class
- can allow students to express themselves as needed
An article on building community with discussion boards.
Check out page 5 of this document for great discussion board resources.
Disadvantages of Using Discussion Boards in Hybrid Courses:
- responses may be brief
- time and effort on part of instructor
Writing Discussion Board Questions
Tips for writing discussion board questions:
An article that will help you to identify the characteristic elements of critical thought, describe the features of online discussion that support critical thought, and explore the role of the instructor in facilitating successful online discussions.
Discussion Board Rubrics
Rubrics for discussion boards are useful as they provide a basis for grading students on their discussion board posts. Criteria can include participation, content, grammar, etc.
Samples of discussion board rubrics located at Maricopa’s Blended Learning site.