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Blackboard Essentials for Teachers by William Rice

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Summary

An online course can often leave students feeling isolated from their classmates, and from the instructor. Forums can help to overcome this. They provide a way to encourage discussion among the students, and can give insight into the students' attitudes and feelings about the course.

You can encourage your students to use the forums by:

  • Providing convenient links to the forums
  • Presenting students with thought-provoking and funny questions for discussion
  • Grading students' posts

In the next chapter, we will cover blogs and wikis. We will learn about the mechanics of adding them to a course, using, and managing them. We will also discuss when they are appropriate and how to include them in the flow of a course.

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