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How Can I Use the Discussion Board to Stimulate Engagement and Build Confidence for First-Year Students?

Learn how to implement an innovative strategy to increase student engagement, boost student confidence, improve assignment quality, and support student success for First-Year Students.


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How Can I Use the Discussion Board to Stimulate Engagement and Build Confidence for First-Year Students?

First-Year-Experience (FYE) faculty seek opportunities to increase student engagement in discussion board threads. However, FYE students hesitate to participate due to different classroom fears. How can faculty get ahead of this curve and affect a greater level of engagement?

To achieve increased success, faculty need innovative approaches. This 20-Minute Mentor delivers this much needed innovation that will make students feel more confident and engaged. Learn all about this innovative strategy which increased discussion board engagement in FYE courses and built writing confidence.

Learning Goals

After viewing this Magna 20-Minute Mentor, participants will be able to:

  • Understand why faculty are often challenged with low student engagement in discussion board threads for first year experience students
  • Identify an innovative pedagogical method that correlates with higher student engagement and academic success
  • Implement a similar strategy to the one presented as a best practice for increasing student engagement

Topics Covered

  • Types of discussion board behaviors in FYE students
  • Causes of writing fears (Bandura’s Self-Efficacy Theory)
  • Impact of low student engagement
  • Discussion board lab implementation


This program will benefit:

  • Faculty
  • Instructional Designers


Product Code: QM23AA

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With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License, registrants are granted a license to download the program contents to a password-protected network, server, or website for additional staff use. You will receive information on downloading the contents of the program within 3-5 business days after payment has been received by Magna.

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