Category: Discussions

Why, when, and how to use Discussion Forums effectively within the LMS.

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Blackboard Discussion Boards

Blackboard’s Discussion Boards are a great place to build community among your students and to mimic face-to-face classroom discussion in hybrid or online courses. The asynchronous nature of online discussions allows students to reflect on their responses before posting them and can help more reserved students feel comfortable participating. A Forum is a site where instructors and students can hold… Read more →

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Visualizing Your Students’ Learning, Online

How do we know that students “got it”? What lets us know that they understand the material, or that our assignments were focused on the learning objective in question? In the physical classroom, discussion, questions, and even non-verbal cues can let us know more about where the students are within a given set of material or objectives. But online, we… Read more →

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In-Line Grading – Discussions, Blogs, Journals & Wikis

We’ve talked about the new in-line grading features in Blackboard on this blog before, but only for the Assignment Tool. The in-line grading feature goes across many different tools, and this time, we’re going to take a look at the Discussions, Wikis, Blogs and Journals.     The discussion grading page provides the full text of all discussion posts by… Read more →

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Tracking Discussion Activity by Student

There are a number of ways to make sure your students are on par with their level of activity/interaction in your course. This article will highlight two ways you can monitor Discussion Board activity levels. Here are two ways you can monitor discussion activity: 1. Performance Dashboard, per Student On the Control Panel, expand the Evaluation section and click Performance Dashboard. On the Performance Dashboard page, you can view… Read more →

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“Post First” Discussion Board Feature

A long-awaited feature in the Discussion Board tool, instructors now have the ability to force each student to publish their own thread to a forum before they can see their peers’ threads or reply to them. This prevents the paraphrasing problem that often exists in forums, where students expend more energy trying to figure out how to rewrite what others have written… Read more →

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Bb Video Everywhere

The “Talking Head” Makes a Comeback! Video of a stationary person speaking – news anchor style – has been looked down upon by some educators and technologists for a number of years. It is often seen as pointless to record yourself looking into a camera talking, when you can save bandwidth, buffering, and beauty supplies by recording audio only or just… Read more →