The Center for Teaching and Learning was funded with a GT-FIRE grant in 2016 to conduct a study on how instructors, TAs, and students at Georgia Tech use Piazza, a free web service that functions as a discussion forum or a Q&A platform.
In this study,
- we analyzed data statistics from 159 classes that used Piazza during Fall 2015.
- we surveyed 554 students on their perceptions of online discussions on their perceptions of online discussions on their learning experience.
- we interviewed faculty and TAs on challenges and best practices of facilitating online discussions.
In this workshop, we will share with you findings from this study. We will also discuss about the best practices of effectively facilitating online discussions to engage students.
Lunch will be provided.