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Discussions - Current World Events

Discussions - Current World Events
California State University, Stanislaus
Aprile Stacey, Instructor from CSU Stanislaus starts each class session (module) with sharing about relevant/current world events related to the topics they are learning about in class. She also invites students to orally share or post in the "Course Questions Forum" if they have something to share.

Wrap-Up Message After a Microaggression has Occurred in Class

Wrap-Up Message After a Microaggression has Occurred in Class
California State University, Northridge
Professor Kristy Michaud provides an example of a wrap-up message where she acknowledges the grace in which the class navigated a difficult conversation around a microaggression that occurred in class.

Structured Group Discussions Providing Roleplaying & Choice

Structured Group Discussions Providing Roleplaying & Choice
California State University, Fresno
Ryan Ditchfield an Instructor at Fresno State creatively organizes group discussions providing students an opportunity to self-assign themselves to a group discussion topic that interest them in his "Eyewitness Identification-FTB 159T" class. In the group discussions they have the choice to pick a role - Researcher, Eyewitness, Defense Attorney, Police Officer, Suspect, and Timekeeper and throughout the semester the students will also be changing to a different group and also change their role. This example represents student choice and group roles in discussions.

Wellness Check Discussion

Wellness Check Discussion
California State University, Fresno
Kathaleen Valdez an Instructor from Fresno State uses a brief weekly discussion to help facilitate a line of communication between the student and the instructor by providing a way for students to check-in. The discussion encourages them to let the instructor know how they are doing in regards to the class or just life. It helps them know that there is someone else out there that has their back and is concerned about how they are doing and lets the instructor know if there is a need to contact the student for additional assistance. In addition, the discussion can be used as a way to monitor student participation.

Peer Part Planning

Peer Part Planning
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Patrick Mannion, an Instructor at Cal Poly Pomona, teaches students how to best use 3D CAD modeling software in their course. Each assignment requires a large amount of planning and forethought before starting to make a model. To help address this issue, the Peer Part Planning assignment breaks students into small groups and has them come up with a basic plan/outline for how they can approach the creation of the model.

Synthesis Assignment: Charting Where the Authors Intersect

Synthesis Assignment: Charting Where the Authors Intersect
California State University, San Bernardino
Kathryn Hansler, an Instructor at Cal State San Bernardino, developed an assignment for a First Year Composition course that takes place after several lessons on synthesis and close readings of 2 texts. This assignment is used to help prepare students for an essay where they develop their own theory on the issue of news media objectivity. Part 1 of the assignment asks students for homework to complete a chart [Google doc] identifying where the two authors' ideas intersect, how/why they intersect, and then asks the student to draw conclusions; what they're noticing about the scholarly conversation; what's at stake or forms the disagreement. The two scholars utilized for this assignment are Jay Rosen’s “Beyond Objectivity” and Linda Greenhouse’s “Challenging ‘He Said, She Said’ Journalism”, however any 2 texts on any issue can be substituted. Part 2 and 3 can be adapted as an in-class learning activity, either for synchronous or asynchronous course, or f2f. Part 2: Students complete a Google Shared Chart, where each student adds 1 idea from their homework. Part 3: Using Google Jamboard students then discuss what they discover in their synthesis in 3 prompts.

Summary Reflection using the Discussion Board

Summary Reflection using the Discussion Board
California State University, Chico
Instructor Angela Alger from Chico provides students with weekly asynchronous online discussions. During the first week, students were asked to do their best to define a sustainable diet and share their opinion on genetically modified foods as part of their introduction. The final project was the Sustainability and Food Biotechnology Project. During the last week of the class, students are asked to recall their opinions at the beginning of the semester and compare how their opinions have changed after completion of the course and share these on the discussion board. This encourages students to reflect on the knowledge they have gained by completing the learning objectives.

Partner Discussions on VoiceThread

Partner Discussions on VoiceThread
California State University, Fullerton
Raelynne Hale, an Instructor at Cal State Fullerton, uses VoiceThread to allow students to engage in audio/video discussions with partners in an asynchronous environment without having to create separate discussion boards or threads for each pair. The example includes instructions, prompts, and how to set up the discussion in VoiceThread. This activity can be easily adapted and used for any course that has students partner and discuss a theme, topic, article, or other course material.