Discussion Boards – UMaine at Farmington

November 4th, 2011

A discussion board (or forum, bulletin board, message board) is an online tool that lets folks make posts and/or comments on other folks posts. Sometimes you need to be a member to make posts or comments.

Often there is a central unifying theme or topic that provides an environment for discussion, with many posts and responses. A post and the responses are a thread. A discussion board can have many threads, sometimes separated into discrete topics.

One of the advantages of a discussion board is its asynchronous nature, allowing people to post or respond without any time frame restriction. This is obviously different from IMs or live chat.

  1. Ben
    November 7th, 2011 at 11:51 | #1

    Roadblocks: nStaff not buying into it.nAdministration not supportive or not using it.nTimenConfort level of technology use.nExcusesnKeeping students safe and appropriatennPossible solutions:nAsking administration: “What will help you?”nConnecting what they need with what they can use.nGetting administration support, use.nManage Maine’s investment in MLTInAdding “Use of technology/SAMR into teacher evaluations”nConnecting to personal life-rating system-reviewsnnnn

  2. Ben
    November 7th, 2011 at 11:57 | #2

    Good use of message boards.nStudentsnUtilizing the comments/suggestions of Schooltube when the upload videos.nCommenting on teacher/student thoughts/questions/comments on edmodonStarting-engaging in conversations on firstclass conference.nnStaffnFirstclass conferences/marketplacenSome-edumodonnn

  3. Peter
    November 7th, 2011 at 11:57 | #3

    To get teachers on board to use a discussion board the super/administrator could post a question and ask teachers to respond. This would get the teachers familiar with the discussion board and see the value in using it in their classroom.

  4. Steven Garton
    November 7th, 2011 at 11:57 | #4

    This would be a great way for an administrator to acquire information from teachers. By posting a question and requiring an answer, it would force teachers to use a tool that would help them in the classroom and get administrators information they need without having to use paper surveys or using other time.

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