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Discussion on Work

Sharpen students' collaboration, interaction, and critical thinking through online debate, discussion and self-reflection.
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The role of meaningful interactions

Interaction has always remained a key determinant of successful learning, as knowledge is constantly constructed and shaped while learners engage in different forms of interactions, namely student – student; student – teacher; and student – content.

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Given the lack of physical contact in online settings, it is often much harder to stimulate interactions. However, there are several ways in which instructors can leverage technology to increase interactivity. And online discussion is one of these effective methods. 

Cultivate meaningful interactions

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Set up instructions for an effective discussion

Instructors create instructions which detail the submission requirements along with specific areas students can focus on when discussing their peers' work.

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Upload deliverables and START PEER DISCUSSION

After students submit their deliverables, they get assigned to their peers' work - it's up to the instructor how many they need to discuss.

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Participate in open discussion

In this step, students can view and comment on everyone's work. They can choose in which discussion(s) they would like to participate under teachers’ guidance.

Tool features

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 students 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. 

Most valuable contribution

Let students select certain peers’ contributions that they found most valuable to increase autonomy and avoid free-riding.

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.  

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

Let students select certain peers’ contributions that they found most valuable to increase autonomy and avoid free-riding.

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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Peer Review

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Foster meaningul class discussions without deliverables with Discussion on Topic

LMS integration

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

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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."

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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."

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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."

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dr. arnold moene
Associate Professor

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This tool has been co-created following the Edtech Dotank process together with our partners.
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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

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Co-created with educators

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