Assessing by 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 (LMSs) such as Moodle, discussion boards typically allow you to group multiple threaded discussions into a forum.

Discussion boards have become one of the most popular online learning tools, and are valuable in the design of assessment-as-learning as they engage students actively in discussion.

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