Luring Students with Buzzwords in Classroom Discussions

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On 9/24/18 at 2:00pm, I attended the Excellence In Higher Education Virtual Conference Session:Luring Students with Buzzwords in Classroom Discussions presented by Leslie Johnson of Purdue University Global

This class had a very diverse following

Typical discussion is one post and 2 peer replies. Julie Evans was recognized for being “hard core” for Post + 4 responses (50+ words minimum).

Several of these words are already outddated because things move so quickly.

Several people are worried that their jobs might be replaced with AI

Not really sure how all these topics relate to our department, but I guess that’s the point of the discussions.

what are they, what is the cost, what is the wisest choice? What’s out there right now that’s offered as a bootcamp? What ethical concerns are there with bootcamps? She basically read off the cards

Awesome book for big data: Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble

Use as a guided peer reply or teaser report to take the place of a single peer reply. Shortly thereafter, this just opened to chat.

I thought this was light, easy to follow, and probably good for general education courses, but this wasn’t really by cup of tea.


Leslie Johnson of Purdue University GlobalEncouraging students to think further than required on a discussion topic in an online course can be quite the challenge. Students often want to complete the bare minimum of what is expected of them and move on to the next graded item for the course. Choosing global hot topics that appeal to us as educators that our students can also relate to within their field of study can be a great way to “lure” students into thinking more critically on the discussion topic and continuing the conversation. In this session, we will take a look at several buzzwords and how they can inspire invigorating dialogue in the weekly discussions of various fields of study

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