So I discussed in my class (Fundamentals of Biology) the importance of discussion group after the first exam results were posted and encouraged them to be more active in posting questions and also in answering them so they can get help from each other as well as from me beyond my office hours. However, no questions were posted. This Tuesday they were scheduled to take quiz 2. So last week I reminded again to post their questions. I was hoping a busy discussion group but to my surprise, only one question was posted and nobody answered, which I ended up answering.
So this remains to be the challenge how can I reinforce the benefit of online discussion group and connect them together. I know some students are getting together for group studies but when it comes to posting questions online, they seem to freeze. I think it seems to be the time issue. Based on my prior experience with ePortfolio, my feeling is that they will do anything that will translate directly into some credit in their grade. I look forward to any suggestions.