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EDUC 760 933 March 4 - April 26, 2013 Instructor: Jim Erbe -> Blue Group Discussion Topics -> Improving Discussion Participation with Web 2.0 Tools
by Judith Wisniewski - Thursday, March 21, 2013, 3:53 PM

College-level studio design classes are project-based, whether face-to-face or online. Students usually develop a personal solution through a series of steps from concept through completion. Solutions to each phase of the project are discussed with the class and instructor, in both individual and group settings.

In many online design courses, students post their work along with a statement on a discussion board, receive written or video feedback from the instructor and members of the class and then move on to the next phase of the assignment. In a face-to-face classroom, these exchanges are synchronous and usually take place over a one to three-hour period.

While students are looking for personalized online course materials, in this week's video, Prof. Matthew Allen suggested that online instructors make the mistake of spending far too much time engaged with students on a one-on-one basis (McIntyre and Watson, 2011). His point was that discussion groups and collaborative spaces allow for better time management.

Here is a typical instructor video response posted to student typography class work mid-project:


[It was created with Jing, with a 5-minute time limit and stored on Screencast.com]

Log files for the course indicated that very few of the students viewed videos other than those that responded to their own work, even when prompted with additional questions.

Based on Module 3's readings concerning good discussion board practice and/or your evaluation, review or use of Web 2.0 tools, propose some ways that the instructor of the typography course can create interest, response, and collaboration while still integrating student-specific expert guidance.



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