Create a Rich Student Ecosystem

YuJa’s Multimedia Discussions build engagement and connectivity with with students and instructors outside the classroom. As an instructor, it’s essential that you help facilitate these discussions, monitor them, and support your students in this social learning experience.

Best Practices

At the beginning of the course, take the time to make an introductory post on the multimedia discussion forum to provide your students with basic ground rules for use of the forums. These may be set by your institution, or you may write your own. Below, you’ll find some suggestions for rules that can help to guide and support production discussions among your students.

  1. Read the entire discussion thread before posting to avoid repetition.
  2. Stay on topic in class discussions. If material is relevant to the class, but not that thread, start a new thread.
  3. Avoid all caps, as well as sarcasm or offensive language on the multimedia discussion forums.
  4. Be respectful of the opinions, thoughts and experiences of others.
  5. Quote only the portions of posts needed. Avoid quoting entire posts.
  6. Use proper grammar and sentence structure. Review posts for spelling before posting.

Encouraging Discussion

While your students may use the multimedia discussion forums independently, they are more likely to engage with one another if supported with faculty interaction. According to the University of Oregon, instructors who use online discussion forums have three times as much contact with students as those that do not. Peer contact is increased as well.

  • Post discussion questions or material for discussion on a regular schedule to encourage students to engage online. Choose open-ended questions, rather than those with a simple, short answer.
  • Require online discussion participation, with set expectations of student participation, to help students to find their voice on the forums. Post length, references and suitable subjects can all s be part of these expectations for students.
  • Create a thread for introductions to help students to get to know one another.
  • Start study group threads for tests to allow students to support one another and ask questions of their fellow students.
  • Break down large classes into small groups online to facilitate interaction. Consider writing groups, project groups, or brainstorming groups.
  • Use the discussion forum for class announcements to support regular student visits to the forum.