Fostering peer-to-peer comments: Set two deadlines for interaction pieces – one for posting original content and the other for the ending the commenting period. This gives the opportunity for more student-student interaction.
Offer choices for students whether it be choosing between discussion forum questions or between assessment options. This allows the student to feel more responsible for what they are putting into the course.
Student Introductions to the class
- tell the class about yourself and why you are taking this class
- post an image that best describe you and tell the class why
- slideshow presentation – who are you, why are you taking this class, and [insert some aspect of your course like: Reflect on the assigned reading by considering what role anthropology should ply in the documentation and representation of Alaska Native cultures (ANTH F242) ].
- use technology: audio/video, online timeline
Explain why working with cohorts is important to student learning:
Send regular Announcements or email reminders indicating due dates, upcoming topics, current events or observations, etc.
Create a discussion forum for FAQs for the class–then at the end of the semester review the questions and revise your syllabus/course information.
If you have students working in groups be sure to be very clear about what is your expectations for individual group members. Ask that group leaders keep you updated on any problems or issues before they become get out of hand.