What is a Discussion board?

A discussion board is an online communication tool that lets students and teachers take part in discussion in a virtual environment.

The tool creates a virtual community of enquiry, allowing peer-to-peer discussions at any time and wherever Internet access is available, so that people don’t need to meet face to face in real time. Students can post comments, questions and responses, and the discussion board constitutes a record of the discussion.

Available as stand-alone applications or as built-in tools in Learning Management Systems (LMS), discussion boards typically allow you to group multiple threaded discussions into a forum.

 

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Sample Assessment Tasks

Relevant GLO

Task

Task: This task will require you to give students an ethical dilemma for them to demonstrate knowledge of the ethical approaches towards the dilemma, and how they can use ethical decision making to create a solution for the dilemma posting on a forum of your choosing (Blackboard might be the best option)

Discussion Post

Part 1: You are required to discus the ethical approaches to “insert dilemma here.”  You need to form a judgement, applying ethical decision making and reasoning to decide the best ethical approach to solve the dilemma.

Part 2: You are required to interact with at least 3 other students posts, commenting on their discussion, as well as interact with those who comment on your post.

Sample Rubic Lines
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Understand ethical approaches such as rights, utilitarianism and virtue ethics and the need for moral awareness and reflection onmoral values

Identify ethical approaches

Evaluate different ethical approaches, using examples, analyse the impact ethical approaches have on moral values.

Reflect on the impacts and assess how these ethical approaches will affect moral values.

Identify ethical approaches

Examines different ethical approaches, using examples, analyse the impact ethical approaches have on moral values

Identify ethical approaches

Compare different ethical approaches to explain their impact on moral values.

Identify ethical approaches

Describe how the ethical approach impacts on moral values.

Does not identify ethical approaches

or describe how the ethical approach impacts on moral values.

CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Form judgements and apply ethical decision making and reasoning toidentify creative solutionsto ethical problems.

Evaluation of an ethical dilemma, a potential resolution of the dilemma and justification of the resolution using ethical frameworks.

Includes independent evaluation of each resolution alternative in decision making process.

Analysis of an ethical dilemma, a potential resolution of the dilemma and justification of the resolution using ethical frameworks.

Includes comparison of ethical value of resolution alternatives.

Explanation of an ethical dilemma, a potential resolution of the dilemma and justification of the resolution using ethical frameworks.

Includes ethical reasoning for resolution alternatives.

Description of an ethical dilemma, a potential resolution of the dilemma and justification of the resolution using ethical frameworks. Does not describe an ethical dilemma. Has not proposed a potential resolution of the dilemma or a justification of the resolution using ethical frameworks.

 

This type of task would also be very capable to assess other GLO’s, Academic Literacy and Numeracy and Digital Literacies in particular.

 

 Resources

https://teaching.unsw.edu.au/assessing-discussion-board

http://internal.simmons.edu/faculty-staff/general/strategic-initiatives-simmons-online/faculty-hub/assessments-grading/using-discussion-forums

#4 Using discussion forums for formative assessment