Have you ever felt left out of a discussion? When you are contributing to an effort, how does it feel to not be recognized for that contribution? Recognizing the contributions of the students in your online classes is key to increasing their participation. Here are some strategies for success:
- Reply to a handful of discussion posts for each forum picking different students each time
- Give Kudos and Challenges (recognize the contributions and offer challenges to encourage your students to reach beyond)
- For larger classes do one summary post for each discussion mentioning students by name
If students believe you are actually reading their contributions they will work harder to ensure quality and quantity of their efforts.