Forums 2.0: Getting the most out of online forums
Shizuoka University of Art and Culture
They encourage students to post on forums anonymously, though teacher has admin function that allows for identification. They developed a module to do this.
They use Proboards, which is a free (self-hosted) system.
Most of what they talk about is the description of the systems and their methodologies for use. They have a very rich discussion board, with a lot of topics and good participation. However, they look like they have serial discussions, which aren’t very good for critical thinking. More cognitive support is necessary to take learners to the next level of engagement.
They are also using the forums to connect cohorts over the years. Nice usage of the technology, in my opinion. I’m interested in doing the same thing with a social network like Ning.
Overall, it looks like a very good application and it seems to be modifiable.
Some links:Presentation Movie