Group and Team Activities for Distance and Mixed Mode Classes
Clemson University Distance Education Workshop

August 16, 2006
Donna Reiss dreiss@clemson.edu

Ten Tips for Generating Engaged Online Discussions
Active Learning Online

  • Blackboard Discussion Board Threads
    • Is quick and easy to set up.
    • Maintains privacy within class.
    • Allows groups to read and respond to each other, strengthening class community.
  • Blackboard Groups Function
    • Takes more time to set up.
    • Provides private discussion areas plus chat and fileshare for group community.
  • Weblogs (blogs)
    • Is fairly quick and easy to set up.
    • Allows groups to read and respond to each other, strengthening class community.
    • Offers expanded community beyond the class roll.
    • Can continue after semester ends.
    • Resembles social networks familiar to many students.

     

Donna Reiss