Dr. Nancy Jurik wanted to encourage thoughtful reflection on course readings and discussions in her Justice Theory course. To do this, she sliced her 40+ student course into four groups of 10 asking them to post twice a week. The first post was to respond to an instructor question based upon the readings and narrated PowerPoint lectures; the second post was to summarize the key areas of agreement or disagreement among the students who responded to post one. Obviously, trying to summarize 40 student responses would be a monumental task, however, in groups of 10, it was very manageable.
About Tahnja Wilson
After years in the healthcare field, Tahnja earned her elementary education certificate and taught her own technology curriculum for K-8 students (game design, robotics, media, etc.). In 2009 she came to ASU, redesigning courses for the online environment. (She's also taught online for over 10 years.) Her instructional design interests include gaming, best practices, and student/instructor engagement. Tahnja holds a Master's in International Management from Thunderbird, a MBA and Elementary Education Certificate from ASU, and a BA in Journalism from the University of Washington.
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