Discussion Assignment by FeedbackFruits
Easy-to-use tool to sharpen students critical thinking through debate by setting up online discussion assignments.
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What is Discussion Assignment?
The Discussion Assignment tool allows teachers to structure a meaningful online discussion and drive peer learning in the classroom.
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Why is Discussion Assignment useful for learning?
Discussion Assignment allows teachers to replicate a physical classroom and leverage the interactions in an online environment. Online discussions can help to teach students discussion and writing skills. Organizing an open-ended discussion will also sharpen students’ thinking and argumentation. In Discussion Assignment, the flow of debate is organized in such a way that it also includes the learning benefits of peer review and self-reflection.
How does Discussion Assignment work?
Students are asked to participate in the online discussion and to review the input of peers. In a more open environment, students can comment and upvote on all input. Once there is enough activity, teachers participate and guide the discussion. A reflection moment is incorporated to increase a deeper understanding of students. Some of its features include:
- Analytics on student participation
- Filters and sorting options
- Peer review of argumentations
Hear from your colleagues
"With the tools of FeedbackFruits, our students collaborate more and learn from one another in different scenarios as they would in professional life." - Jeroen Prent (Education Manager from University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam)
"I am using FeedbackFruits as I needed a platform that allows students to work together in a very easy way." - Peter Linde (Teacher from University of Utrecht)
All FeedbackFruits tools including Discussion Assignment can be fully integrated with Blackboard.
Security, Privacy and Accessibility
This service is offered with regular high standards to comply with Accessibility, Data privacy/security and FERPA regulations. All communication between the end user and our servers is encrypted using TLS with AES-256. All stored personal data is not accessible for third parties. Back-ups are made daily and are saved using AES-256 encryption. All data is secured according to the strict General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) as set by the European Union. We are also compliant with the internationally recognized accessibility standard WCAG. We cover versions WCAG 1 to WCAG 2.1, on Level A as well as Level AA.
A bit of background…
The Discussion Assignment tool is a result of a collaboration between partners from the Edtech Dotank, comprised of over 40 leading universities, such as MIT, TUDelft, Texas Tech University and HULT International Business School. All partners are united in their aim and dedication to accelerate the implementation of active, blended and online learning. The Dotank is facilitated by FeedbackFruits, as is the process of creating and distributing evidence-based learning activities and the digital means to support them.
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