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Discussion on Topic

Sharpen and promote students' collaboration, interaction, and critical thinking through asynchronous discussion on specific topics and self-reflection.

Meaningful learning interactions stimulate critical and reflective thinking

Cultivating an engaging, interactive learning environment is key to promoting critical thinking and self-regulatory skills. And peer discussion is among effective ways to stimulate a space that encourages meaningful interactions, and reflections. However, the absence of physical contacts in online learning makes it challenging to facilitate student-student interactions.

How can instructors organize effective peer discussions that stimulate collaborative learning, deeper understanding and learning?

Tool for meaningful interactions

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CREATE DISCUSSION ASSIGNMENT

Instructors create discussion assignments, specify the instructions, discussion topics, deadlines, collaboration options, and other requirements.

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facilitate the discussion process

Students engage in the discussion, following the set deadlines and teacher guidelines on giving comments.

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Reflect on performance and grading

Students can write a reflection on their performance throughout the assignment, which can be counted as part of the final grade.

Tool features

Discussion in groups
Analytics on student participation

Provide detailed analytics on student participation and progress in the assignments, from which teachers can identify who has completed the required steps and which student might need help. 

Filters & sorting option

Allow teachers and students to identify which comments or points to focus on with multiple ways of filtering and sorting the discussion input: the most/least comments, the most upvotes, and more.

Submitter and replier anonymity

Set up discussion guidelines for students to have meaningful and effective dialogues.

Reflection

Set up a reflection step at the end of the activity, in which students write a reflection on what they learned from the discussion assignment.  

Students can discuss the topic individually or within groups. When the groups are activated, students can respond to the discussion prompt in the same assignment, while only seeing the contributions made by peers within their group.

Provide detailed analytics on student participation and progress in the assignments, from which teachers can identify who has completed the required steps and which student might need help.

Allow teachers and students to identify which comments or points to focus on with multiple ways of filtering and sorting the discussion input: the most/least comments, the most upvotes, and more.

Make submitters of discussion posts and repliers to those posts anonymous if desired.

Set up a reflection step at the end of the activity, in which students write a reflection on what they learned from the discussion assignment.

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LMS integration

Discussion on Topic, like all FeedbackFruits tools, integrates seamlessly into your native LMS, with automatic synchronization of groups, calendars, and gradebooks.

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Instructors love FeedbackFruits

Listen to what educators have to say about us.

"I really like the Discussion tool’s ability to give students the freedom to view and discuss each other’s work without the connotation of a summative assessment task."

READ USE CASE
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catherine fraser
Teaching Scholar

"This tool provided a better overview of students' performance and progress over the duration of the course. It enabled me to try new methods in teaching, prompt self-reflection on feedback, and guarantee anonymity in an online platform."

ÅSMUND HERMANSEN
Associate Professor

"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."

dr. arnold moene
Associate Professor

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