Why should you participate in your class online discussion board or forum? In a traditional classroom, as students, we talk to our classmates before class begins, sometimes during the class, and then again as we leave the classroom. In some instances, our instructors will even discuss their thoughts and opinions before class starts. We learn a lot from one another, such as tips for studying the material, pointers that our classmates have discovered, and helpful information that we just may have overlooked. In the online environment, we are bringing that tradition into our virtual classroom through discussions. Consider these tips for online discussion boards.
Answer the whole question.
As a student in an online class, you will learn a lot about the discussion topic by reading what your peers are posting. You should make sure you are providing details to all parts of the question in your post. A good rule is to rewrite the question so you can refer to it, making sure you are covering all parts. This will help you focus on the entire discussion question. For example, if your discussion asks you the pros and cons of making peanut butter fudge, make sure you are adding information about both aspects. It’s important for your learning, as well as others. If you only gave the pros, others would only get a one-sided view of making peanut butter fudge. It’s always good to look at other angles to help you gain a better overall understanding of your topic. Discussions will help you learn the topic better and apply in your career.
Be courteous in the online environment, just like you would in a traditional classroom. It’s important to practice “netiquette,” such as following the same values and standards you apply to the rest of your life.1 Don’t use all capital letters, as it is a form of shouting. Always proofread your entry and correct any spelling or grammar errors. You can use software for both spelling and grammar to help.
Why are reply posts important?
Reply posts are important to continue the dialogue between students and instructors. Your reply posts will help build rapport with your classmates. You should be asking your classmates questions about their post. Commenting on what you agree with or something you have learned while reading their post. This will facilitate a learning experience, which is one of the goals for online discussions.
Expectations from discussion participation.
Through reading your classmates and instructors posts, questions, and comments, you will have a good understanding about the discussion topic. Instructors add questions to help you develop your critical thinking skills, so make sure you respond to their questions. Discussion boards give students a great way to express themselves and apply their knowledge. Happy posting!