A thirty minute video exploring best practice in discussion board usage and their importance in humanizing the online learning experience. This resource is intended as a “tasty snack” rather than a comprehensive study of how to incorporate discussion boards into your teaching practice. The video strives to reinforce the need to take a personal approach, using discussions to establish connections with and between students (Mins 7.28 – 11.10) .
A few techniques for maintaining engagement are also touched upon, such as the use of deadlines, the need to avoid a text-heavy approach (Mins 17.00 – 18.00) and ensuring the discussion serves a useful purpose within the wider learning experience. Example activities are offered such as the question formulation technique (Mins 11.14 – 15.50) and the creation of wisdom walls (Mins 27.10 – 31.10). Brief guidance is also provided on how to set-up discussion boards on Canvas (Mins 18.00 – 24.55). Overall, this video provides a good introduction for those new to using discussion boards or for those seeking to diversify the way they are currently used.