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Jake Wright

ADDENDUM: After reading several other pieces in this series advocating for message boards and similar forms of assessed communication, I think I would say the following:

1) Obviously, there is well-considered disagreement as to the usefulness of such tools. I don't see the value, but it's clear that other instructors have used such tools in a way they think is very productive.
2) If you're going to use message boards, do so for a clear educational reason that you understand and can articulate to your students. This reason should go beyond "replacing discussion" and "I need students to do *something*".
3) As others have suggested, consider grading for completion, rather than correctness (or at least greatly expand your definition of correct) to enable students to engage more genuinely.

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