Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Update on the activity

I have two conceptual questions already on my discussion board. But, I am not happy to see that not many students have posted their response. Two possibilities - 1. They don't know the answers or 2. They don't know/like to respond online. I sent two reminders and made an announcement in the class too. Some students mentioned that they are new to google groups and online discussion boards. It is interesting to observe that the students who are very active in F2F discussion have not posted online. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN??? I will be talking to these students this week to find answers.


  1. Hey Sree,
    Having a rubric might help. The rubric can also be implemented in a sort of reflective response to each other’s posts. Another suggestion is to make the discussion board post part of their final grade; maybe this will elicit participation.
    Not knowing the answer is a possibility but not being familiar with online discussion boards uhhh I don't know; how many of them have a FB account? Posting/responding on their friends wall/timeline is the same as or similar to a discussion board.

  2. Hi Sree,

    Melissa made some excellent suggestions above. It's really frustrating when the participation we expect - and are counting on - from students doesn't happen. There may be a lot of factors involved. As you learn more about the situation and why students did not respond as you had hoped, it will be great to hear what you can share with us. It's a situation that many of us have faced, you are not alone.

  3. Hi, Sree,
    I share your pain!
    Melissa has great points/suggestions: rubric, grading. Another along those lines is to group students together to post or to respond to each other's posts.
    While it may seem that online participation should be a no-brainer for students since they're on FB, etc., there are two things that come to mind that can explain their resistance: 1. they are posting about something that is academic (and not social), so it matters more and 2. they are posting to a group that is made of "peers" and not "friends."
    One thing you're making me think about is the need perhaps to have students do these kinds of activities during class time in a computer lab. (I'm not sure whether you have that or whether you have time to schedule one of your upcoming meetings in a lab.) Once they've done this virtual step together f2f, it might go easier. (That is, the ones who are more facile with Web 2.0 platforms can show others how to navigate; the ones who know how to go about answering the questions can share their approaches with each other; and ultimately, it might make those who just hesitate to put themselves out there feel more comfortable.)
    Keep us posted (no pun intended!).