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Fostering student engagement & motivated participation in discussion forums: Examples from Columbia University

Marquart, Matthea S.; Garay, Kristin

For new and experienced online instructors, or those who work with them, this session will share examples of high-participation discussion forum assignments from Columbia University, different ways to set up and facilitate discussion forums, sample grading rubrics for discussion forums, and strategies to plan for issues that may come up. Discussion forums are a key component of most online courses, and are often included as homework for face-to-face courses as well. In this session, the presenters will share examples of discussion forum assignments that have yielded high student participation, as well as different ways to set up and facilitate discussion forums, including student-led and small-group discussion forums. The presenters will also share sample grading rubrics for discussion forums, and strategies to plan ahead for issues that may come up. The examples and strategies will come from Columbia University’s School of Social Work, which offers a fully online Master’s of Science in Social Work program.
This interactive session will begin with polls to learn why participants have chosen to attend; the presenters will use the poll results to tailor the use of time for the different sections of the presentation. In addition, throughout the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to share their own strategies, ask questions, and add to their toolkits of strategies for online discussion forums. Strategies discussed will appeal to a range of budgets and classroom staffing, so as to be applicable and sustainable at any school.

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More About This Work

Academic Units
Social Work
Publisher
Columbia University School of Social Work
Published Here
May 5, 2017

Notes

Presentation April 24, 2017 at the Education Beyond Tomorrow Virtual Conference.

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