Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Are Online Discussion Forums Conversations?

One of the primary methods of engaging learners in an LMS-hosted learning environment is through the use of online discussion boards --- but is what happens on these boards REALLY conversation?

This article by Nancy Dixon (as gleaned from the OLDaily by Stephen Downes) talks about the differences and, in doing so, makes some good suggestions for making SURE that your online discussion forum hosts real conversation. As the author cites, "When conversations do occur in online forums, the learning and performance results go up."

What do you think?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Need help with Blackboard?

In light of pending deadlines for getting our courses certified and online, the Office of Distance Education/e-Learning is announcing the commencement of twice-weekly drop-in/hands-on labs for course developers stuck in the development process. Drop by Lab #1 (usually, with notes posted for anomalies) in the LRC EVERY Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 12:30 to 2:00 for over-the-shoulder support from Blackboard experts!

We can also schedule one-on-one and group consultations by appointment in the ODEeL for anyone who cannot make use of this opportunity.

Come see us!