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Discussion Assignment

Sharpen students critical thinking through debate, peer review and self-reflection

How does it work?

The Discussion Assignment tool allows teachers to structure a meaningful online discussion. Students are asked to participate in the online discussion and to review the input of peers. In a more open environment, students can comment and upvote on all input. Once there is enough activity, teachers participate and guide the discussion.

A reflection moment is incorporated to increase a deeper understanding of students.


Tool Features

The tool provides detailed analytics on student participation in discussion assignments. The teacher can observe which student participated in discussions and see the engagement of their input received by their peers.

Teachers have extensive filtering and sorting options within the tool. They can quickly find relevant discussion input based on the tool's wide-range filtering and sorting options.

Teachers can combine discussion assignments with mandatory peer argument review. This way, students can receive formative feedback on their argumentation from their peers and get the learning benefits of both pedagogies.

The tool enables students to write a reflection on the reviews they get from their teacher on their discussion. This helps students to understand their improvement points better.


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Pedagogical value

Teaching value

Discussion Assignment allows teachers to replicate a physical classroom and leverage the interactions in an online environment. Online discussions can help to teach students discussion and writing skills.

Learning value

Organizing an open-ended discussion will sharpen students’ thinking and argumentation. In Discussion Assignment, the flow of debate is organized in such a way that it also includes the learning benefits of peer review and self-reflection. 

The AI-tool Automated Feedback on writing gives students instant feedback on the quality of academic writing in assignments, thesis, and other deliverables. Students improve their academic writing skills by receiving direct in-line feedback, resulting in more permanent and actionable learning. As importantly, the tool also reduces the time spent on assignment review for teachers, allowing them to reallocate their time on providing feedback on the content rather than the form. 

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With the tools of FeedbackFruits, our students collaborate more and learn from one another in different scenarios as they would in professional life.

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I am using FeedbackFruits as I needed a platform that allows students to work together in a very easy way.

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Using FeedbackFruits is a way of ensuring that students prepare for the classes so that they have done the reading and also thought about the reading before coming to class.

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I noticed that learning of students improved. First, they were enthusiastic about the tool and also interaction between students really helped them to better prepared for the subject.

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Case Study

Story of MIT | xPRO
How an open-ended discussion in a manufacturing course was conducted with the power of Discussion Assignment

Significantly higher student engagement: +90% completion rate

Higher student satisfaction: evaluation increased from 6 to 7.evaluation increased from 6 to 7.3

IMS Global certification

FeedbackFruits received the IMS Global certification for interoperability between LMS Systems and our External Tools, and Data Privacy. As a provider, our adherence to the IMS community implies ongoing commitment to solve problems, revise implementations and conduct proper testing.

Data Secure certification

FeedbackFruits received the Data Secure certification issued by Better Security Management (BSM) validating the security of FeedbackFruits platform and database. As an educational technology provider, we give the utmost importance to protecting and safely storing data of all our business partners.

Frequently asked questions

Will students still see deadlines in the LMS calendar?

Yes, deadlines for assignments will be synced and pushed directly to the LMS calendar.

Are there notifications available?

For students, they will get notification of activities (for comment replies, upvotes, deadlines) via email once a day. For teachers, notifications will be sent if there are comments directly linked to them.

Is there analytics of student performance available?

Yes, we provide an overview of student progress in all tools along with more in-depth performance analytics according to each tool.

How do students keep track of their progress?

Students can keep track of their progress through the various process trackers and tabs available in assignments. Additionally, students will get additional notifications when deadlines are approaching.

Are the assignments reusable?

Yes, teachers can reuse the assignments they created by choosing ‘copy from existing’ in the set up.

Are grades configurable?

Yes, teachers can configure grades as needed and decide whether they want it to be formative or summative.

How is Discussion Assignment different from Comprehension?

Discussion Assignment focuses on building students’ critical thinking through peer interaction on students' own work while Comprehension focuses on building students’ annotation skills on provided study material.

What file types are supported?

We support various document, video, audio, image file types as well as website links and others.

How is Discussion Assignment different from Peer Review?

While both are based on students' own work, peer review focuses on peers assessing the skill of peers based on criteria provided. Discussion Assignment, on the other hand, focuses on peers discussing the work of peers without specific criteria.

Is anonymity available?

Anonymity is not available for the Discussion Assignment tool as that will then defeat the purpose of allowing students to interact and discuss with their peers.

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Streamlined learning activity setup

All you need to do is to describe the assignment, choose the right settings and enjoy.

Easy-to-use, uniform design

All tools have a similar look and feel – which flattens the learning curve for both teachers and students.

Co-created with educators

Tools are co-created with educators from partner universities, thus support even the most advanced use cases.