Your Name and Title:

Ida M. Jones, Professor of Business Law; Director, Center for the Scholarly Advancement of Learning and Teaching

School, Library, or Organization Name:

California State University, Fresno

Co-Presenter Name(s):


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Target Audience(s):

Higher Ed Faculty

Short Session Description (one line):

Use discussion boards to promote collaboration and critical thinking as an alternative format

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

The ability to communicate in writing is a key skill. There are various ways to promote writing, from requiring frequent in class writings to a research paper. This instructor uses online discussion board assignments to encourage collaboration and discussion in response to scenarios or questions about the readings. Students are required to post individual responses to the questions and to also work together to create a final group report based on their responses. The instructor can easily determine whether and how each individual student participated and can also evaluate group collaboration dynamics. In addition, when students are required to post a final report that summarizes their discussion, that reinforces what they learned. Finally, when students post that report for the entire class to read, other students can learn from that report. This has been an effective way to encourage collaboration, encourage critical thinking and promote good writing and research.

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:

Alternative to the Research Paper: Using Discussion Boards and Rubr...

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