Continuing class discussions beyond the classroom
WSB Instructors have many options for conducting discussions, and many format options and software choices that can make the difference between a good experience and a great experience for students. Face to Face (F2F) classes can be supplemented and enhanced with additional discussion spaces outside of class to help students dig more deeply into the course content and learn from each other. Instructors can monitor the discussion, find where students are struggling, demonstrate misconceptions and new ideas, and address issues with individual students or the entire class.
Video Content with Timestamps
Laurie Brachman, Senior Lecturer, Marketing
(0:58 to 16:44) Laurie Brachman uses out-of-class discussion to enhance in-class discussions in a high enrollment course of 800 students. Laurie shared how she uses Canvas discussions to enhance F2F sessions, including her grading rubric.
Min Li, Senior Lecturer, Management and Human Resources
(16:45 to 40:30) Min Li shared how she has implemented highly engaging out-of-class discussions in her course: start with purpose, add engaging content, select the tool, and develop a clear procedure. Min’s out-of-class discussions improve participation and engagement, which is shown by data and analytics. She uses the data from Ment.io to manage the interactions, and increase early participation by students. Min demonstrates the value of a good discussion prompt that is interesting, intriguing, or controversial.
Jim Burling, Instructional Designer, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring
(40:31 to 52:45) Jim consults on large courses in the School of Business on behalf of the CTLM, shared three useful patterns for engaging online discussions. 1: state-specific objectives and scenarios, 2: state explicit depictions of success, 3: use intentional reporting strategies. Engaging online discussions are intentionally aligned with course objectives.
UW-Madison campus resources for instructors
UW-Madison campus resources on how to effectively use online discussions:
- What are the pedagogical uses of online discussions?
This resource lists several formats of online discussions with explanations, and software options. Choose what is best for your students and course materials to increase course interactivity.
- Five Tips for Improving Online Discussion Boards
Improve online discussions with five strategies based on the experience of Morton Ann Gernsbacher, PhD Vilas Professor and Sir Frederic Bartlett Professor • University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Guidelines for Effective Online Discussions – Learn@UW
This resource will help you, as an instructor, consider the many factors that contribute to successfully integrating online discussion into your course