How Announcements and Discussions work
To return to Courses I Teach - for other courses
- Can be created by anyone - generally do not require a reply, but can be added to for clarity or to correct errors
- I tend to send 4-5 emails per quarter, I also send the same material by Announcements to ensure I reach everyone in a timely manner
- For Help on working with Announcements, use the Canvas Student Guide
Online courses often rely heavily on discussion boards for help, content discussion, Q&A, and monitoring participation. In these 1-Credit classes I realize that the iPeer groups perform many of those functions plus I don't want to create unnecessary busy work for you - so I no longer make the Discussions mandatory. You may have some assignments that ask you to post to the discussion board to get feedback from the entire class - please participate in this.
At a minimum, this course will have these general discussion boards (forums)
- General Discussion: for class-related topics and start-up processes not related to assignments or weekly content
- Introduce Yourself: please furnish a short introduction to the class. Instructions and example in the thread. Handy for finding iPeer groups
- What's going on in my life (optional): Side conversations. Announcements. General discussions about non-class related topics.
- Books I'm reading - or movies, plays, etc: Several quarters ago, some MLIS students started a thread for this. So, I thought why not continue it for further the discussions. Everyone welcome.
You can comment in, post questions or answers in any existing thread - Please check first to see if there is a thread already started on your topic
You can create any thread that you like - Please Start a (new) Discussion (top of Board) for new topic to avoid long, hard to navigate threads. Please use a format like this for the Subject of any new discussions: Week n: Object involved - your topic or question summarized Some examples:
- Week 1: 1st Lecture - I don't understand Ranges
- Week 5: Assignment - I'm really frustrated (yes it is OK)
- Week 7: Textbook - error on page 364
For Help on working with Discussions, use the Canvas Student Guide
While the GAs and I read the discussion boards almost every day, we do not typically post "answers" for at least 24 hours to allow for student solutions to be posted. Too often an instructor solution tends to stop a discussion thread when in fact often there may be other and even better solutions available. This is the opportunity for the more experienced in our midst to add value to the course.
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