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Managing Discussion Forums

Why Use a Discussion Forum?

  1. Allows student-to-student engagement
  2. Gives students who are uncomfortable speaking up in class a place to ask questions
  3. Gives asynchronous students (with limited internet or difficult time zones) a space for engagement and discussion

How To Use a Discussion Forum

  1. Create a forum and share with students:
    1. Create a Piazza class forum: https://piazza.com/mit
    2. Stellar has discussion forums (if made visible, follow steps in link)
    3. Slack: [MIT is obtaining a site license currently]
  2. Check and engage in forums regularly (daily and definitely before due dates): enlist TAs to help! :)
  3. Leave prompts that allow for open ended discussion
  4. Introvert’s Guide for Creating Community in Asynchronous Forums