Discussion Forums: An interactive communication and formative assessment tool

The discussion forum is an asynchronous communication eTool integrated within the institutional Learning Management System (LMS) – iKamva. This eTool enables students to engage in the forum from any geographical location and communication does not have to happen instantly. This allows students to think about their responses and to construct coherent submissions. Students are able to view and reply to posts which facilitates a constructive peer review process.

Lecturers are able to create specific topics related to their discipline for discussion as well as assessment purposes. Articles and various resources can be added to the topics to steer the discussions. The forums can be used to promote interactive discussion amongst students. The discussion forum tool allows lecturers to identify application in ‘real-life’ scenarios. As students engage in peer review, lecturers can assign marks for assessment purposes. This will also encourage reflective posts to be authentic and well-structured, in order for students to gain substantial marks.

Contact the CIECT team to setup your online discussion activities.

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