Monday, 09 October 2017 09:17

Discussion boards in D2L

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Discussion boards are a critical element in the courses you are taking at Queens University. In some courses they comprise up to 50% of the grade (e.g., 851). In D2L, the grade book tool allows for a relatively easy means of reviewing individual students' contributions to the discussion boards. In the instructor view, I can go to the the Class Progress section and then view all activity by each student.

The first screen shows the student list with the following information for each student:

test student d2l progress

This screen shows me  what  and how many pages any student has visited, how many contributions have been made to the discussion boards, how many logins and when, and grade progress. One value of this screen is the graph showing the regularity and frequency of logins. More logins for a shorter amount of time is far preferable to fewer logins for longer periods. The nature of the discussion boards as an asynchronous communication tool suggests that greater benefit will be had from short logins to check on the latest comments from classmates.

 I can then click on any student and see the following screen:

discusion progress

For example, the above screen shows the first few discussion board topics for PME 832. I can see how many posts you read, how many you made, or "threads started", and how many replies you made to your classmates. The replies are as important, if not more so than the initial comments.

I can then open each individual board and see what has transpired.

discusion detail

I then can click on each topic and see the list of titles and various other data for each individual entry. The arrows indicate the replies and the quotation marks indicate an initial post or thread. I then can click on each topic and see the list of titles and various other data for each individual entry.

d board 2

Given that I read almost every post and reply, I do not need to open every one. However, I can open whichever ones I want to get an idea of the content of the replies and the initial post. 

In this manner, I can scroll through and get a very clear understadning of everyone's level of contribution to the boards. 

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Dr. Paul Leslie

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