ICYMI Schoology 104 – Discussion Boards

How do you create online, interactive conversations for your students? In this session, learn how to use the Discussions feature in Schoology to host discussions and grade student participation. Also learn about best practices for online discussions.

On Tuesday we looked at some great ways to use the robust Discussions feature in Schoology Courses.  Discussions have some great uses that my teachers came up with (by participating in our own Schoology Discussion):

  • Discussing a posted article or video
  • Debating a topic or interpreting some piece of data
  • Creating a peer review forum for students to post and provide feedback on classmates’ work
  • Keeping track of current events and their relevance to the course
  • Having an outlet for “quiet students” who wouldn’t normally participate in large-group discussions
  • Reviewing before unit, end-of-course or Advanced Placement exams so that all students can see the questions and answers from the teacher(s)
  • Posting a “practice run” video of students preparing their speech or presentation, allowing the teacher to keep student practice accountable OR the teacher to pick the best presentations when strapped for time

Schoology Discussions have some unique features that make them very usable, compared to other learning management systems:

  • Posts can be sorted easily to track the number of student responses
  • Grades can be associated per student post
  • Rubrics can be attached to posts so you can give feedback quicker
  • Discussions can be shared between your Schoology Courses, enabling discussion with students across all periods of your day or between multiple teachers’ Courses, too
  • Schoology discussions can include audio, video and attachments in the teacher’s prompt and each student respond

Agenda

  1. Participate in the Schoology Discussion “What are discussion boards good for”
  2. “I do” demo of teacher notifications and grading processes
  3. Review Schoology articles “Schoology Course Materials – Discussions” and “Six Glorious Reasons to Love Schoology’s Redesigned Discussions
  4. “We do” create and design your own Discussion
  5. Discussion: How do you grade these?  We closed by reviewing categories that many college professors use when grading discussions in online courses.

Here’s a look at the Schoology Course folder I put together.

Here’s a screenshot of a sample discussion where our teachers discussed ideas for implementing Discussions in their own classes.

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