Nearly everything is automated! We will automatically form discussion groups of the right size for every student, choosing students from all over the world. We also send students reminders about their discussion. Once the discussion is over, we solicit feedback, and send it to you.
Talkabout lets MOOC instructors to create small-group discussions in their classes. Discussions are hosted on Google Hangouts. These discussions can be at just one time over the course, or can be weekly or biweekly. You can help your students discuss by entering a discussion prompt, which talkabout will automatically embed into the Hangout for every student. As an instructor, you create multiple alternate times for the discussion. Students choose the discussion time that works best for them.
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As an instructor, you set the agenda for the discussion. This is just like a discussion plan in a classroom section (examples coming soon). In this step, you'll also create multiple times which students can choose from to discuss. You can create one discussion session, or create one every week, etc.
Instructors do not need to be present while students are discussing
Once you've created the discussion prompts, all that's left is to announce Talkabout in your class. We also encourage you to participate in discussions.
You do not need to worry about how students are grouped into discussions, what happens if students don't show, if too many students show, if students want to reschedule... Talkabout handles all of these for you automatically.
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