I got a lot of thankful comments for my newsletter article about grading discussion boards. It’s good to know that people are enjoying what I put out there. I kind of work in a bubble, where I find or create resources, but don’t always know if it’s what people want, or if they are helpful enough to the people who use them. Or if they’re over-helpful. So I welcome any and all constructive feedback.
Back to the point of this post… I did some more digging and found clips from an interview of Bill Pelz, the developer of the discussion board rubric that I used as an example of how to use a grading system that encourages quality, not quantity. While my newsletter article just focused on the Cognitive Presence in a classroom, these videos explain the other important aspects of Presence: Learning, Teaching, and Social. He also explains the idea of “Technoheutogogy.” My favorite quite: “You can’t really teach adults. Adults have to decide to learn.”
For a broader summary of Dr. Pelz’s online teaching philosophy, check out this journal article.