Just thinking … if you look closely at Off Topic comments, and notice a trend. Does that make the trend On Topic?
It comes to mind as I look at online courses while they are being taught and try to get a sense of the students.
- Why did they all fail the same quiz?
- Why did a student who was active on the discussion board suddenly stop submitting assignments?
- How can the quantity and quality of discussion board posts differ so radically between sections of the same course?
Of course, these questions require further investigation. But, I’m thinking that I should look at the Off Topic discussion board as well as the On Topic board. I might see a trending item which will raise new questions. And, new reasons my company should support my efforts. (smile)