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Adaptive Course Design

This guide enables faculty to design quality courses on Schoology. These courses can be taught remotely or traditionally. The main guiding feature of this LibGuide is the Adaptive Course Design Rubric.

Discussion Boards


How to setup the discussion board in Schoology:

Why use a Discussion Board?

  1. Allows more time for participants to develop ideas with deeper reflection
  2. Allows for asynchronous participation 
  3. Students with who might not speak up in a live class may participate differently
  4. Allows others to peer review what others have submitted, (papers, presentations, media, etc)

Different ways to use Discussion Boards

  1. Create smaller group sizes of four to five participants, assign each group the same question
  2. Have one student  lead the discussion topic
  3. Create and assign a discussion to an individual person, (like a journal)
  4. Have students post their answer to a question/topic before seeing what others have done

Best Practices

  1. Use open ended questions that requires students to research and support their answers, have them include links to other articles or information
  2. Create an introductory discussion activity for students to get to know each other
  3. Model the behavior you expect from your students
  4. Make sure that students understand the discussion board rules
    a.  What is the etiquette, formal, informal
    b.  How long should the post be, and what time do they need to be submitted
    c.  How will students be evaluated, and how will you give feedback