Discussion forums are one of the most used platforms for online communication and community development. A discussion forum is primarily a text-based mode of communication where someone will post a start to a threaded message and people will respond to that thread. Often, many threads can be going at the same time, with longer-lasting discussions. The design and structure of discussions with guidelines or “rules of the road” are a critical part of an online facilitator’s role.
In this four week online workshop you will plan and develop asynchronous discussion forums, that are managed in ways that create high levels of online learning.
This online workshop takes place in Laulima using the Laulima Forums tool.
- Create an introductory discussion
- Create encouraging courteous discussions
- Create a divergent question, from your course/assignment learning objectives, that asks learners to explore, and analyze, synthesize or evaluate knowledge, and project, or predict different outcomes.
- Create an evaluative question, from your course/assignment learning objectives, that asks learners to reflect.
- Create a plan for a peer review discussion.
- Create a discussion strategy that helps learners meet your course or assignment objectives.
- Create a strategy for facilitating online discussions
- Create a strategy for summarizing discussions.
Laulima is the University of Hawaii’s online Collaboration and Learning Environment. Laulima provides students with accessibility to course content and communication tools for interaction with the instructor and other students within the course. A course offered through Laulima can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the Internet. Some courses will use Laulima as a supplement to their traditional face-to-face course. Other courses will deliver all of the course material, testing, and communication within Laulima as a totally online course.
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- What to do if a course/tab is missing? video
- How do I add someone to my course/site? video | text
- How do I remove students from my course/site? video | text
- Can I send an email message from Laulima? video | text
- Can I rearrange or hide course/site tabs? video | text
- How can I make files available (syllabus, readings, etc.) using the Resources tool? video | text
- How can I clear extra coding when I copy/paste from Microsoft Word into Laulima? video | text
New to Laulima or haven’t used the system for a while? A Laulima Orientation video is available along with things that every Laulima user should know.
- Spring and Summer 2013 courses have been unpublished (not accessible to students). Instructors can re-publish courses at any time. (08/22/13)
- Missing a course? Fall 2013 courses are currently published (accessible to students). If you do not see your course listed in the blue tab bar, check if it is listed under the 201410 or 201413 term under the “My Active Sites” tab. Note that instructors can also manually publish and unpublish courses, and that you can also check which course spaces you are associated with (including unpublished courses) in the My Tools tab at MyUH. If it is not there, please fill out a “Request Assistance” form and provide detailed information about the course you are looking for. During very busy registration times courses may take a while to show up in your account. (08/19/13)
- Firefox 23 blank page issue. Firefox’s most recent update to version 23 (non-ESR) changed that web browser’s behavior. Pages with mixed content (eg. open non-secure pages displayed in a secure site such as Laulima) may not display. If the “shield” icon is available, you might consider turning off that feature for specific Laulima pages. Advanced users may choose to turn off that feature via the about:config page. We are looking into this. (08/19/13)
- Copying and Pasting from Word. If you are copying and pasting from Micrsoft Word (or other word processing programs), you should consider using the “Paste from Word” (or “Paste as plain text”) button to avoid extraneous text or garbled formatting.
- Web browser recommendation. For most tasks in Laulima, we recommend using Firefox 17 ESR (Win/Mac/Linux). While other browsers should work with Laulima (eg. Chrome, Safari), we find that Firefox is the most compatible. When updating or first using a web browser, we recommend clearing the web browser cache first.
- Update your UH password! As part of a practice to ensure a safe computing environment for our University of Hawai’i community, ITS is recommending that users change their UH password at least once a year. This process will allow you to update your password to our latest password requirements as well as “encrypt” your password with our latest up to date process. Click the links for more information and to update your password. (09/21/11)
You are busy preparing for the next semester and want to use Laulima because you’ve heard how it can help you organize your class materials, streamline communication with your students (including feedback on assignments and grades), reduce paper use, and increase student engagement. Your challenge is to work with a partner to learn how to use Laulima’s basic tools to help you setup your courses for the upcoming semester.
Bring an electronic copy of your syllabus and an assignment.