Give student credit for the substantive learning that students provide for each other through online discussions. In many online courses, these discussions are essential for achieving learning goals. By assigning credit for participation in online discussion, instructors can prevent “lurking”, where students listen to the conversation but do not participate. Here are some tips for assessing online discussions.
- Require students to participate in specific numbers of threaded discussions.
- Have interactive learning activities (e.g. threaded discussion) account for a high percentage of course grade.
- Identify the qualities you look for in discussions and grade students according to those criteria