Group Discussion Options in HuskyCT

Last Revised 01/27/21 by bjg

Overview:

Online discussions are used to build dynamic learning communities, to synthesize key concepts, and to promote critical thinking skills. Breaking students out into smaller groups helps them feel more connected to their peers and encourages participation. This post will identify the three main types of group discussions you can create in HuskyCT.

Three main ways to set up group discussions in HuskyCT:

  1. All group forums reside on the main discussion board. In this option, you would create a forum1 on the discussion board and copy each forum for as many groups as you need, noting which groups should participate in each forum.  This setup does not restrict students from reading posts in another group. For more information on how to set up a discussion forum on the discussion board, see How to Create a Forum.
  2. Group forums reside on individual Group Discussion Board pages: This is a common way of setting up group discussions in HuskyCT.
    • Step 1: Create Groups & Group Sets (Be sure to make the Discussion tool available in the Tool Availability settings)
    • Step 2: After making the Discussion Board tool available in the settings, go to the Groups page, select a group name, navigate to the group discussion board, and create discussion forums. You can copy forums2 to other group discussion boards. For more information, see Blackboards Group Discussions page.
  3. Advanced group forums option: In this option, you use the groups tool for assigning students to groups, but create all forums on the course Discussion Board. The video below provides directions for setting up group discussions using this option.

 

1 How to copy a forum on the discussion board:

  1. After creating a forum, use the Options Menu to the right of the forum title to select Copy
  2. Type in a forum title
  3. Select the option to Copy the Entire Forum
  4. Select course at the bottom of the Location options box
  5. Submit

2 How to copy a forum to other group discussion boards

  1. After creating a forum on the Group 1 discussion board, use the Options Menu to the right of the forum title to select Copy
  2. Type in a forum title for the next group forum
  3. Select the option to Copy the Entire Forum
  4. Select Group 2 in the Location options box
  5. Submit
  6. Continue to copy forums to each group’s discussion board.

Reference:

  1. Akcaoglu, M., & Lee, E. (2016). Increasing social presence in online learning through small group discussions. The international review of research in open and distributed learning, 17(3). http://dx .doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v17i3.2293