Thursday, July 26, 2007

Sewing up the Threads

You can enhance the readability of discussion boards by working with students to understand a bit more about skills that improve readability in this environment. Teach students to select pertinent information from the previous post. Failure to tie new posts into previous posts makes a discussion difficult to follow and may hide some of the content of the discussion due to readability issues.


  1. Do you have an example? I've heard to have them change the name of their post.

  2. Many times you mention some important aspect of the previous post in the new post.

    You make a good point about changing the subject line in the post. I usually require students to change the subject to something describing the content of the post.

    For this one...I would make the subject line something like: Regarding your question about an example of how to tie new posts into previous posts...