Session 9: Discussions with an integration of my Final Project

Hello Everyone! I saw this assignment and thought i would and could use a lot of this information I am gathering now for my fianl project. Ahhh we learn so much here!  Below is this weeks questions and I added some more details about my art class conversion. I am still trying to work out all the kinks. But by the end, it will be PERFECT!!!!!!

Online discussions are an important part of many online classes and an important part of general Internet communication. Use what you have learned from the text and your own investigation to respond to the following items.

1. Identify three different technologies that support discussions in online classes. Describe each technology in terms of its ability to support worthwhile and rewarding discussions.

Some of the different technologies that would support discussions in online classes would be forums, chats, and blogs.

  • Forums: is an asynchronous electronic discussion on a specified topic (page 121 in The Power of eLearning.) Forums are worthwhile and rewarding because students are able to respond to the topic at hand when they have time. With students busy schedules, sometimes it is hard to sit at a specific time and hence these forums work well.
  • Chats: is a synchronous electronic discussion.  All students must participate in a chat session at the same time (page 121 in The Power of eLearning.) This method of technology is worthwhile and rewarding because you might have to be contact at the same time but it allows you to do so from wherever you have access to a computer.  So location is something that is not hindered when using this technology.
  • Blogs: are web pages created by an individual in the form of a log or journal where the author writes his or her thoughts on a specified subject and posts them on a website (page 241 in The Power of eLearning.)  This form of technology is worthwhile and rewarding because the author has the ability to create something on their own.  This also serves as a tool for their peers to provide feedback or comments about what they have written.  If it has a focus, like this class, blogs can be very affective for a class.

2. Describe an eLearning context (type of class, students, and specific content) where you would advocate the use of an online discussion. Identify the technology you would use to facilitate the discussion.

I think that I would make this connection to my final project that I was speaking to many of you about it. I wanted to convert a current art class that I am taking into a hybrid course.  The technology that I would use would be a discussion board where they would be able to post their assignments online.  Since I want the class to be a hybrid, the times we do meet would be used to provide different examples of the projects as well as lending them the tools.

3. Describe how you would plan for the discussion described in question 2. For example, how would you prepare students for the discussion, structure associated presentations, plan other activities that students be doing along with the discussion, and how you would ensure that the student workload was balanced and appropriate.

The way that I would prepare students for the discussion would be for them to comment on an example from a previous year.  I would post that up for them, give students directions on how to comment on the art piece.  Depending if it is collage students, they may be able to behave themselves and not say anything inappropriate.  Younger students, need more structure and guidelines.  A blog can be a great place to have a discussion board because the teacher can monitor what the students are saying.  Having the professor add a comment here and there will ensure and assure students that someone IS always watching.

4. Develop a set of guidelines or policies that you would give to students to help them engage successfully in the discussion.

In order to help students engage successfully in the discussion I think that I would:

  • Want the students to have a deadline for submitting their art work
  • Want the students to at least comment on three of their peers art pieces

5. Describe and/or develop a system for assessing student participation and learning in the discussion.

The way that I would ensure that students were participating and learning in the discussion would be to see that they are adding the terms we have learned.  For example, if we learned about shapes, I want students talking about the squares they saw, the triangles, the circles, etc.

6. How would you prepare the instructor for participating in the discussion?.

The instructor is key in students being able to understand this unique hybrid class.  If the instructor starts the first day with examples of what she is looking for on a discussion board.  Then she can ask students to comment on the piece at hand.  After that we have a class discussion about what comments would be appropriate to post.  Finally, after they get some ideas they can now do it on their own, with the teacher ALWAYS having a watchful eye.


7 thoughts on “Session 9: Discussions with an integration of my Final Project

  1. hi! Amy:
    Your post is great. I was interested the art e-Learning. You offer many useful ideas to improve your class.I think to design a art online class is hard for me. I cannot wait to see your final project.

  2. Hi Amy, I like how you answered the questions for the assignment by incorporating information about your project. I wish I would have thought about that. 🙂 I’m excited to see the end product.

  3. Hi Amy,
    I like how you mentioned the teacher should always observe what the students are doing. I agree. Especially in an online class, you don’t get to see the instructor face to face for immediate answers, therefore having the instructor monitor students work in case they need help is a must.
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi Amy, I cannot agree more with you. Good job! One things I know, good questions are the key to a productive discussion. These include not only the questions you use to jump-start discussion but also the questions you use to probe for deeper analysis, ask for clarification or examples, explore implications, etc. It is helpful to think about the various kinds of questions you might ask and the cognitive skills they require to answer.

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