Is it Magic?

Let’s break this down a bit.

Memorable: Does the post require higher levels of thinking? Is it thought-provoking? Do the responses ask students to evaluate their everyday life or to make something?

Aligned: Of course, posts need to be aligned to the learning outcomes for the course. All the magic in the world means nothing if it does not connect with the mastery of the learning outcomes.

Generalizable: Could the response apply throughout the course? Are there opportunities for real-life application? Could the posed question be modified to be used in another course?

Innovative: This seems obvious: try something new! If it doesn’t work, it’s okay! Asking students to make infographics, or memes, or use a variety of media in their responses will lead to more creative responses rather than the standard, dull responses. They can also express themselves in a way that makes sense for them.

Continuous: Renewable assignments for an instructor or for a student are very important. And hugely important for open education. Why assign work that’s immediately trashed? Let’s create experiences for student that last longer and are useful in the real world!

Listen to the podcast below to learn more about creative ideas in discussion forums.


King, T. (2021, March 10). Online discussion boards: Creative ideas to ask better conversation and engage students (No. 5) {Audio podcast episode]. Faculty Focus Live. Faculty Focus. https://www.buzzsprout.com/1552018/8101900-online-discussion-boards-creative-ideas-to-spark-better-conversations-and-engage-students

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