Tips for using Canvas effectively
Why online discussions?
- All students have their VOICES heard.
- Students get CHOICES in how they show what they know.
- Allows students thinking and revising TIME.
- Gets more DEEP "substantive" conversations.
- Allows the CONVERSATIONS to occur before, during, and after class.
Tips for Doing it Well
- Choose an ARTICLE or VIDEO that has substance related to your concept and learning targets for the day
- Create a discussion (THREADED, graded)
- NAME it something intriguing (not just "Discussion #1) and add engaging GRAPHICS
- Create LAYERS of questions. Questions must be open-ended, THICK (good for discussion) and leveled.
- Structure it so that students must go BEYOND comprehension in order to engage in the discussion
- Set your expectation for length of initial post, quantity of sentences, quantity of responses, quality of ideas or communication, etc. Emphasize substance over superficial
- (If the video is long and you are expecting a lot of communication, have an "empty" station after this one in order for them to read/view at one and apply at another.)
- You can leave the discussion open to EVERYONE (in all sections) or create smaller GROUPS so that they only chat with the people they go to the stations with.
- Add a RUBRIC so that you can easily grade (using speed grader) and set clear expectations for their discussion.