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Encouraging Critical Thinking with myWPI's Discussion Boards

October 3, 2005

Using myWPI's discussion boards feature to supplement your face-to-face discussions with students is a great way to engage students in critical thinking. Because discussion boards are asynchronous (not real-time), they are by their very nature a reflective technology. Once a question or prompt is posed by the instructor, students are asked to read and respond to the question posed and to their peers. Prior to their response, however, students have time to reflect upon and synthesize what they have read, and develop a thoughtful and cogent response. Research indicates that the use of discussion boards provides students with time to gather and cite research more frequently than they would in face-to-face settings.

In addition, numerous studies point to the positive impact the use of discussion boards have on both student learning and student participation in class.

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