10-28-2015, 05:25 AM

Topic 1: Discussion Forums

Discussion Forums help to provide online students with a sense of community. In some classes, such as Political Science or Sociology, they also provide an important venue for the discussion of ideas.

In math classes, concepts tend not to be quite so controversial, and consequently it can be difficult to generate a very animated discussion. In some math discussion forums, each student demonstrates the solution to a different problem. Other Forums explore the history of math or discuss applications of math to the real world.

Some students like to demonstrate problems just like in the old days of board races in the classroom. Others are fearful of making mistakes in public and would prefer a discussion of Euclid's contributions to Geometry.

What's your idea of the "perfect" math discussion forum and why?

Instructions: Your initial post should be at least 250 words. Please respond to at least 2 other students. Your responses should help develop discussion around the topic that your classmate has selected. Responses should be a minimum of 100 words and may include direct questions.

Initial Post Due: Thursday, by 11:55pm, ET

Responses Due: Sunday, by 11:55pm, ET

Rubric for grading forums: 60% - Initial Post; 20% - Each Response

Discussion Forums help to provide online students with a sense of community. In some classes, such as Political Science or Sociology, they also provide an important venue for the discussion of ideas.

In math classes, concepts tend not to be quite so controversial, and consequently it can be difficult to generate a very animated discussion. In some math discussion forums, each student demonstrates the solution to a different problem. Other Forums explore the history of math or discuss applications of math to the real world.

Some students like to demonstrate problems just like in the old days of board races in the classroom. Others are fearful of making mistakes in public and would prefer a discussion of Euclid's contributions to Geometry.

What's your idea of the "perfect" math discussion forum and why?

Instructions: Your initial post should be at least 250 words. Please respond to at least 2 other students. Your responses should help develop discussion around the topic that your classmate has selected. Responses should be a minimum of 100 words and may include direct questions.

Initial Post Due: Thursday, by 11:55pm, ET

Responses Due: Sunday, by 11:55pm, ET

Rubric for grading forums: 60% - Initial Post; 20% - Each Response