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Forums and Bulletin Boards
What is it: Online or Internet forums are also often referred to as bulletin boards or message boards. The terms Internet forum, bulletin board, message board are interchangeable, although often one forum or bulletin board can contain a number of Internet forums or discussion groups. An online forum can serve the same purpose as a physical bulletin board. Perhaps, the more powerful capacity in terms of assessment and learning is; a forum can be utilised as an online discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages under various topics (often termed conversations). [see Wikipedia]
Set up a Forum in Moodle
  • UNSW - discussion and instructions for setting up a bulletin board in Moodle. Includes a useful table to help decide which type of forum/BBS suits your students' learning needs.
Best Practice in Online Assessment: Principles Processes and Outcomes
  • McLoughlin, C. & Luca, J. (2006). Best Practice in Online Assessment: Principles, Processes and Outcomes. In E. Pearson & P. Bohman (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2006 (pp. 2375-2382). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. - The examples uses bulletin boards to assess collaborative skills.
First year students’ use of the Discussion Board - Why do we use them
  • University of South Australia
Example rubric for an assignment where students actually create a bulletin board
Example 1 rubric for a discussion forum
Example 2 rubric for a discussion forum
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