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So, without further ado, this week we posted 32 Online Adjunct jobs to AdjunctWorld from 13 different schools. Currently there are a total of 770 adjunct jobs listed on our site. Click below to see a selection of these recently posted jobs:

7 Online Teaching Positions – Texas A&M International University

6 Online Teaching Positions – ECPI University

5 Online Teaching Positions – Abilene Christian University

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…as well as online teaching opportunities at Central Texas College, CTU Online, Franklin University, Grand Canyon University, Northcentral University, Pacific Oaks College, Saybrook University, University of the Cumberlands, West Coast University, and Western Governors University.

 

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The discussion board is an important element of the online classroom. One might even go as far as to say that it is the most important element of the online classroom. It’s not only where the instructor teaches (does the job of teaching) and where students engage with the material in a personal way, but it is also what establishes the all important online community, which we know from research drives student participation, retention, engagement, and ultimately their overall satisfaction and success with the course.

This puts a lot of pressure on the discussion questions themselves – those prompts we create to stimulate discussion every week, designed to achieve a particular learning objective. While I contend that it is impossible to really mess these up (because instructors, or facilitators, always have an opportunity to ask follow-up questions throughout the week – this should alleviate the pressure to ‘get it right’ the first time), there are some prompts that are better at sustaining a fruitful, exciting, inspiring conversation than others.

There are a lot of tips for creating good discussion board questions, I’ll focus on one today: Make sure the question you ask does not have a “right” answer.

When we ask a question that has a “right” answer three not-so-good things happen.

  1. You are immediately put into a position to correct a student’s response publicly if they get the answer “wrong.” You can’t have wrong information being perpetuated in the discussion board after all. For example, I taught at a school that provided the discussion prompts for us (we could not change them). One of the week’s discussion board questions asked students to identify the independent and dependent variables in a study. When a student – who was new to the information – ultimately, predictably, and understandably got it “wrong”, I had to find a nice way to say so. Publicly. Students do not like this. And I don’t like doing it, no matter how many ways I found to do so nicely and covertly.
  2. The discussion dies. What is the next student going to say? “Yep, you got that right. I wrote that too. We agree, isn’t that neat?” And, if it doesn’t die (yes, there is always something one can follow up on if one tries hard), it is not very interesting. There isn’t a deep processing of information that leads the students to make connections to the “real world” – which is something the adult learners in our online classrooms are really wanting to do. They are literally going to use this information the next day at work, in a lot of instances. They want practice in the discussion board. They won’t get that practice if they are busy providing “right” answers.
  3.  Students who are later to the discussion board can see the right answers posted by other students and won’t even need to go to the textbook to learn it. True, some LMSs allow us to not show other students’ responses until a student posts their own, but I really don’t like doing this. One, this form of micromanagement tells your student you don’t trust them, which is not the stage you want to set. And two, it’s supposed to be a discussion board. Students are supposed to learn from each other and get ideas from each other and bounce off those ideas with their own. If they can’t access other students’ posts prior to writing their own, how are they supposed to do this? The discussion board is a collaborative learning opportunity. It needs to be set up as such.

Questions that have right answers often fall in lower levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (list, define, identify, select, recall, etc.) and make for excellent exam questions or individual short essay assignments. But for engaging discussions, you will want to post questions that fall in the mid to upper levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, asking students not to define or select or list, but instead to relate, support, critique, interpret, and apply.

So, in creating your discussion questions, make sure it does not have a right answer. Make sure it doesn’t sound like a long-winded exam question or a short answer question. Have it require your students to digest what they learn and apply it to something they see around them. Have them give examples that don’t come from the textbook. Have them weigh in on what they learned and critique elements they might not agree with. And, if they have an opinion, have them support it with research evidence (giving them practice with this fundamental scholarly skill).

In closing, let’s compare and contrast some not-so-good ‘right answer’ discussion prompts with some better conversation-starting ones.

Not-so-good: List the DSM-5 criteria for Bipolar I Disorder and compare/contrast it to the criteria for Bipolar II Disorder. In what ways does Bipolar Disorder differ from borderline personality disorder that we discussed last week?

Why? Because, if you think about how students will respond to this, the answers will be very similar.

Better: Write a 1-paragraph fictional case study of a patient with either Bipolar I Disorder or Bipolar II disorder. Then, pretend like you are a psychologist arguing with another psychologist about the diagnosis. The other psychologist wants to diagnose your client with borderline personality disorder. Describe your argument.

Why? No two student responses will sound the same and this question requires students to apply the information, not just report it. And, it will be a fun assignment they might enjoy doing.

 

Not so good: List the signs and symptoms of diabetes mellitus type II and inpatient protocols for treating a patient who has this condition.

Why? All answers will be the same. And there is a right answer. It doesn’t invite conversation.

Better: You’re a nurse on a stroke unit and, per the chart you just read, your newest admit has diabetes mellitus type II. Integrate your role as her stroke nurse with the patient’s needs as a diabetic – what is your approach with her? In a follow-up paragraph, complete this dialogue:

You: Hello, Ms. Smith. My name is X and I’ll be your nurse this shift. I see in your chart that you have diabetes? Can you tell me more about your condition and how you manage it at home?

Patient: Yeah, they keep telling me I have diabetes and I used to take that medication, but I stopped about a year ago. It had some side effects I didn’t like. I think I was misdiagnosed, really.”

You: […] <–what would you say next?

Why? This question gives students practice with a real world situation. It pulls on their creativity and will spurn good conversation since students will handle this patient differently, especially in the dialogue part. And they have to integrate what they know about stroke with what they know about diabetes, adding an additional critical thinking layer.

Do you have any good discussion board tips to share? What is your experience in creating good discussion board prompts? What has or has not worked for you? Please feel free to comment below!

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Each week we will summarize all the adjunct jobs we’ve added to AdjunctWorld during the week for easy reference.  If you’d like to be notified moments after we post new jobs, please LIKE our facebook page or follow us on twitter.

So, without further ado, this week we posted 19 Online Adjunct jobs to AdjunctWorld from 12 different schools. Currently there are a total of 767 adjunct jobs listed on our site. Click below to see a selection of these recently posted jobs:

5 Online Subject Matter Expert Positions – Study.com

3 Online Teaching Positions – Old Dominion University

1 Online Teaching Position – Columbia Southern University


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…as well as online teaching opportunities at Columbia University, Concorde Career Colleges, CTU Online, Lindsay Wilson College, Nebraska Methodist College, North Central Texas College, Sacred Heart University, Texas A&M International University, University of Scranton, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

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Each week we will summarize all the adjunct jobs we’ve added to AdjunctWorld during the week for easy reference.  If you’d like to be notified moments after we post new jobs, please LIKE our facebook page or follow us on twitter.

So, without further ado, this week we posted 25 Online Adjunct jobs to AdjunctWorld from 14 different schools. We also added 10 on-ground teaching positions. Currently there are a total of 759 adjunct jobs listed on our site. Click below to see a selection of these recently posted jobs:

4 Online Teaching Positions – ECPI University

3 Online Teaching Positions – Southern New Hampshire University

3 Online Teaching Positions – Walden University

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

…as well as online teaching opportunities at Agate Development, American Public University System, Excelsior College, Franklin University, Grand Canyon University, Purdue Global, San Joaquin Valley College, University of Management and Technology, Washburn University, West Coast University, and Western Governors University.

 

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Each week we will summarize all the adjunct jobs we’ve added to AdjunctWorld during the week for easy reference.  If you’d like to be notified moments after we post new jobs, please LIKE our facebook page or follow us on twitter.

So, without further ado, this week we posted 37 Online Adjunct jobs to AdjunctWorld from 10 different schools. Currently there are a total of 750 adjunct jobs listed on our site. Click below to see a selection of these recently posted jobs:

23 Online Teaching Positions – University of Minnesota Crookston

4 Online Teaching Positions – Helena College

2 Online Teaching Positions – Grand Canyon University

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…as well as online teaching opportunities at Colorado State University – Global Campus, Columbia University, MCPHS, Nebraska Methodist College, New Jersey City University, Saint Leo University, and Western Governors University.

 

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Each week we will summarize all the adjunct jobs we’ve added to AdjunctWorld during the week for easy reference.  If you’d like to be notified moments after we post new jobs, please LIKE our facebook page or follow us on twitter.

So, without further ado, this week we posted 28 Online Adjunct jobs to AdjunctWorld from 15 different schools. Currently there are a total of 712 adjunct jobs listed on our site. Click below to see a selection of these recently posted jobs:

5 Online Teaching Positions – Western Governors University

5 Online Teaching Positions – Dillard University

4 Online Teaching Positions – Bellevue University

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

…as well as online teaching opportunities at Barton Community College, Colorado Mountain College, Colorado State University – Global Campus, Georgia Military College, Grantham University, Herzing University, Independence University, Louisiana State University, Northcentral University, Pittsburgh Technical College, Shorter University, and University of Maryland University College.

 

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Each week we will summarize all the adjunct jobs we’ve added to AdjunctWorld during the week for easy reference.  If you’d like to be notified moments after we post new jobs, please LIKE our facebook page or follow us on twitter.

So, without further ado, this week we posted 19 Online Adjunct jobs to AdjunctWorld from 13 different schools. Currently there are a total of 709 adjunct jobs listed on our site. Click below to see a selection of these recently posted jobs:

4 Online Teaching Positions – Western Governors University

3 Online Teaching Positions – Lincoln Land Community College

2 Online Teaching Positions – Grand Canyon University

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

…as well as online teaching opportunities at American Public University System, Coconino Community College, Colorado State University – Global, CTU Online, Davenport University, Eastern Kentucky University, Holyoke Community College, Study.com, University of the People, and Waldorf University.

 

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Each week we will summarize all the adjunct jobs we’ve added to AdjunctWorld during the week for easy reference.  If you’d like to be notified moments after we post new jobs, please LIKE our facebook page or follow us on twitter.

So, without further ado, this week we posted 32 Online Adjunct jobs to AdjunctWorld from 13 different schools. Currently there are a total of 710 adjunct jobs listed on our site. Click below to see a selection of these recently posted jobs:

12 Online Teaching/SME Positions – Sierra Nevada College

4 Online Teaching Positions – Northern Vermont University

4 Volunteer Online Teaching Positions – University of the People

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

…as well as online teaching opportunities at Bryant University, Cambridge College of Healthcare and Technology, Casper College, Eastern Oregon University, Grand Canyon University, Life University, Linfield College, New England College, Northcentral University, and Purdue Global.

 

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3 Online Teaching Positions – CSU Global

2 Online Teaching Positions – Eastern Oregon University

2 Online Teaching Positions – Syracuse University

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…as well as online teaching opportunities at Beyond Campus Innovations, College of the Mainland, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, Franklin University, Grand Canyon University, Harvard Extension, Johns Hopkins University, Northcentral Texas College, Northcentral University, TCSPP, University of California, Irvine, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, and Western Wyoming Community College.

 

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Each week we will summarize all the adjunct jobs we’ve added to AdjunctWorld during the week for easy reference.  If you’d like to be notified moments after we post new jobs, please LIKE our facebook page or follow us on twitter.

So, without further ado, this week we posted 32 Online Adjunct jobs to AdjunctWorld from 12 different schools. Currently there are a total of 700 adjunct jobs listed on our site. Click below to see a selection of these recently posted jobs:

9 Online Teaching Positions – University of Northwestern St. Paul

7 Online Teaching Positions – Broward College Online

3 Online Teaching Positions – Strayer University

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…as well as online teaching opportunities at AIU Online, CTU – Online, Northcentral University, Purdue Global, Saybrook University, Southeastern University, Study.com, TCSPP, and University of Virginia.

 

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