3-minute Moodle Forums

3-minute Moodle Forums


Here’s where it’s really exciting,
these are the online discussions. So we have close to 25-30 theories in the
semester and prior to each classroom day students have to go online and engage in the
Moodle discussion. An asynchronous online conversation, asynchronous
meaning the first one gets posted and
then you just wait for someone else to post whenever they do. The quality is dependent
upon first: a point for the direct response are you responding to a post in the discussion
thread mean you have to literally reference what’s been said before you. So-and-so said this, I think that. So first you have to respond to someone
else; then, in your personal response, you have to reflect through analysis or some
sort of insights that you’re providing to the discussion. So it’s not just a
response, but it’s a thoughtful response that should, to get another point, have a
relevant page reference which you cite and say, “I’m making this claim because in
the text it suggests this to me.” And then, if it really is a powerful response,
then you get extra point for the full four points. And the you can see just through
sheer volume of text here there’s a lot going on. We have a student writing at 1:52 AM, so I
know he’s consistently writing at that hour. I probably should open it up to three
because I’m not looking at them until five in the morning at the earliest. This has helped me with what you call
asynchronous engagement. It’s allowing me to get my students
ready for the the paucity of time that we have. 65 minutes while reading Dante or Saint Agustín, I mean, these great
texts of the Western Canon is so little time. And yet, with forums, with these forums
I’m allowing my students to go beyond the time we have in the classroom that
real-time engagement is asynchronous engagement is allowing us to expand our time together.

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