Development of a rubric to assess student participation in an online discussion board

Ware, Elizabeth (2020) Development of a rubric to assess student participation in an online discussion board. In: Proceedings of the 37th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education. pp. 306-311. From: ASCILITE 2017: 37th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education, 30 November - 1 December 2020, Virtual Conference.

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Abstract

Online discussion boards provide opportunities for students to share experiences, consolidate knowledge, explore new ideas, and feel connected to other students and faculty. Despite the benefits, many students do not voluntarily engage in discussion board activities. Mandating participation is a contentious issue, but after reviewing the literature, a summative assessment task and a rubric were developed and trialled in a fully online, Australian postgraduate course. An audit of the discussion board posts from two semesters without the assessment task, and two semesters using the assessment task, found the quality and quantity of posts increased. There were significant improvements in regularity, discussion of course concepts, translation to relevant experiences, and support and encouragement for other learners. The initiative successfully created a learning environment and is being implemented in other subjects.

Item ID: 65987
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
Keywords: higher education, assessment, computer mediated communication, distance education
Copyright Information: © Ware, E. 2020 The author(s) assign a Creative Commons by attribution licence enabling others to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon their work, even commercially, as long as credit is given to the author(s) for the original creation.
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2021 01:03
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