Creating Engaging Discussion Boards In the Virtual Learning Environment: The QQR

Poster Description: This presentation will discuss the Question. Quote. React. (QQR) format as an alternative to the traditional discussion board assignment in the online learning environment. The QQR format is designed to engage students in new ways, incorporating more higher order learning/critical thinking skills.

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Presenter Name: Brady Lund

Presenter Bio: Brady Lund is a PhD candidate at Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management. His interests revolve around the use of technology for facilitating library services and instruction. Email: blund2@g.emporia.edu.

7 replies on “Creating Engaging Discussion Boards In the Virtual Learning Environment: The QQR”

Both as a student and having been faculty, I can see how this would really clarify expectations for the online element of a course discussion. Sad but true that it is necessary to practice doing quotations in proper format!

Thank you for introducing an alternative to the tradl discussion board. I’d like to know more about the Question part – is the student providing the question based on the reading and supporting it with a quote or is the instructor providing the question and the student is replying with a quote? Also, do you have a rubric for grading the discussion entries? (we have developed one for our tradl discussion boards and have found it helpful). Thanks again!

Hi Joy. Thank you for your question!

I have the students ask their own question based on the readings. Each student is required to go over all the readings (and any additional readings that they may find that they are interested in) and then come up with just a single question. Other students are then able to respond to the question, so it creates discussion in a more natural way. It also gives me something to respond to, rather than just “good job.” So, I think it’s a win-win-win format for the student, other students in the class, and myself.

Hi Joy. Thank you for your question!

I have the students ask their own question based on the readings. Each student is required to go over all the readings (and any additional readings that they may find that they are interested in) and then come up with just a single question. Other students are then able to respond to the question, so it creates discussion in a more natural way. It also gives me something to respond to, rather than just “good job.” So, I think it’s a win-win-win format for the student, other students in the class, and myself.

I’ve always hated discussion boards both as an instructor and a student. I like this QQR method since it would give students more agency over the discussion board posts and less of a hassle to come up with prompts. In the past, I tend to turn discussion boards into mini-assignments, which works, but I think the agency and options this method gives students would be much more effective overall. Do you have an expectations document or prompt that you would be willing to share that you give students so they understand the expectations for discussion boards using the QQR methodology?

Hi Bree,

This is the example that I include with the first QQR assignment:

I have adapted the idea for the discussion boards in this course from the Brain Based Learning for Educators class taught in the Education department. I think it is a fun way to engage with course content in a way that challenges you to utilize higher-order thinking skills (i.e., applying what you have read to create new ideas, rather than simply repeating facts). It’s just something different from the same old “read and respond.”

The idea for this Question. Quote. React. (QQR) assignment is to respond to what you have read this week by identifying each of the following:

-A question you have about the readings – and the approach you would take to answering your question (i.e., maybe you read about the lack of neurological diversity in LIS and want to know what can be done, so you identify some recent research articles on this topic).

-An interesting quotation (with APA citation) and a brief explanation of why it stood out to you.

-A reaction or comment on a particular reading (an idea in a book chapter or one of the articles assigned or that you discovered on the topic).

I am including a short example below of how your QQR might look.

QQR Example:

Question.

Block (2017, p. 17) notes that net neutrality is a technology issue of vital importance to libraries. I wonder how libraries responded to recent changes to policy regarding net neutrality in the United States? Novak and Hajibayova (2019) reviewed the literature on this topic and found that libraries, in general, were in favor of a neutral Internet and experienced a negative impact from the decline of net neutrality. Unnecessary impediments to Internet access run counter to the mission and values of libraries.

Quote.

“In my experience… I’ve found that I’m most successful when I concentrate more on the objectives and outcomes required of efforts and projects than on the exact path that I or others may choose to perform and accomplish them” (Block, 2017, p. 5).

React.

Thinking about the topic of library technology, I imagine that the costs – financially and in terms of labor – must vary a lot among libraries depending on a variety of factors. For instance, surely larger libraries will have higher costs than small ones, but also older libraries, I imagine, could have higher costs. The existing infrastructure (room set-up, number of power outlets) may be seriously lacking, which would have to lead to some creative maneuvering just to provide the same access to technology as the average library in a newer building. Since I want to one day work as a library manager, this is an important consideration to keep in mind when I get to developing a management plan for the library.

References

Block, C. (2017). Managing library technology. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Novak, A., & Hajibayova, L. (2019). Net neutrality in the context of provision of fair and equitable access to information sources and services. Public Library Quarterly, 38(1), 19-33.

Submission Dates and Instructions:

– Submit only one QQR for all readings (do not do a separate QQR for each reading; you can jump around and take your question from one reading and your quote from another)

– Please use APA citations to reference the readings

-There is no minimum or maximum length for your responses, but please use complete sentences and fully address each of the three sections.

-Refer to the rubric for the grading criteria.

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