The Discussion Forum is Dead; Long Live the Discussion Forum | Tools | HYBRID PEDAGOGY

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Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of learning, teaching, and technology that combines the strands of critical pedagogy and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.

Diane Goodman‘s insight:

The authors, Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel critique the LMS discussion forum in this hard-hitting article. They argue that applying rules in discussion forums kills any chance of spontaneous, creative engagement in discussion.  "The resulting posts do not constitute participation; they constitute attendance. What’s being measured is a student’s willingness and ability to check into the course twice each week. And while the required length of a post can force students to do more “talking” than they might otherwise do, this does not necessarily qualify as real engagement."

And continuing in this vein…

"They become over-cultivated factory farms, in which nothing unexpected or original is permitted to flourish. Students post because they have to, not because they enjoy doing so."

 

The authors offer other solutions to use with, or replace the LMS discussion forum – the types of social network platforms and tools that students are entthusiastically using for everything else in their lives for  "delightful, persistent, meaningful conversation":

Vanilla Forums

Disqus
Twitter

Facebook

Google+ / Google Hangouts

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How to Create an E-Learning Template That Works » The Rapid eLearning Blog

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Diane Goodman‘s insight:

The Rapid eLearning Blog provides a simple but effective template as a useful starting point for designing an online module. The benefit of designing a template that suits a specific course is that there is consistencyand ease for participants accessing modules across the course.

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LTTO Episodes | COFA Online Gateway

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Diane Goodman‘s insight:

The Learning to Teach Online Episodes include free online video resources that cover a host of topics  related to online teaching contexts, planning and pedagogy. Some of the videos are case-studies that provide exemplars for implementing effective online practices in higher education classes and  lectures.

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Teaching and Learning Experiences in Active Learning Classrooms: Highlights

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Teaching and Learning Services (http://www.mcgill.ca/tls/ ) has produced a series of videos that highlight how Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs) are being us…

 

Diane Goodman‘s insight:

Teaching and learning in an active learning classroom at McGill University. The video shoes how a number of teachers from different faculties facilitate active learning and use the redesigned learning spaces to radically transform learning for students.

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