The design and use of the Participation Forum online discussion as a formative learning activity in Problem-Based Learning

Updated: 4:49pm, 11 Nov, 2022
11 January 2013 (Fri)
Mrs Chen Yang Foo Oi Telemedicine Centre, 2/F William MW Mong Block, 21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
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This seminar is jointly organized by CITE and Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education, The University of Hong Kong.
Would you like to get 100% participation in your tutorial online discussion activities? Think how much better the group collaboration would be if all the students contributed! Speaker Brant Knutzen has been developing a highly engaging and sustainable methodology for conducting online discussions as formative learning activities in PBL since 2007. In this seminar he will introduce his new Moodle forum plugin, the Participation Forum, which automatically sets up group discussion areas, supplies task instructions to maximize social construction of knowledge, and then dynamically awards participation points based on student contributions. Discussion will include intrinsic and extrinsic motivation methods, and how to build high quality learning on a foundation of participation.

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<p>Brant Knutzen is the Learning Designer for the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong.&nbsp; He has been involved in eLearning for 28 years as software developer, website developer, and corporate trainer.&nbsp; He currently teaches on an MSc Education program relating to eLearning and educational leadership, and provides eLearning support and professional development for teaching staff.&nbsp; His research areas include the design, implementation and evaluation of highly engaging blended learning environments for schools and higher education.&nbsp; Current Moodle plugin development projects include the Participation Map: a new way to visually display online discussion activity, and the Participation Forum: which generates a grade based on student posting activity.&nbsp; See for more information.</p>

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