Online Discussions - Peer Feedback

Commenting, Questioning, and More

Not necessary

  • Comments on grammar and spelling (ask questions if it confuses you, otherwise move on)

Agree

  • Comment on what you agree with:
    • I agree with ...

Question

  • Ask questions to clarify – Ask a question that pushes the student who posted the original content to explain something that confused the reader.
    • Help me understand …
    • Could you explain what you meant by ...
    • What do you mean when you say ...
    • I was a little confused by ...
  • Probing Questions - Ask questions to push author’s thinking or your own
  • I Wonder Questions
    • I learned ... That makes me wonder ...
  • Considering alternatives
    • I wonder what would happen if you ...
    • Have you thought about trying ...
    • Did you think about ...
    • You might find this resource interesting ...

Connect

  • Explain how your own experience or prior knowledge connect.
    • I remember when ...
    • That makes me think about ...
    • I had trouble with ... I tried ...
    • I was successful with ... when ...
  • Explain a connection you see between a topic in the writer's work and another topic.
    • You might consider adding a connection to ...
  • Connect them to a resource you know of
    • You might want to look at this resource ... It has ...

Extend

  • Add an example or reason
    • You might consider adding ...
  • Clarify another student’s post by adding more information
  • Take another student’s post as a starting point and build on their idea (Hitchhike)
  • Discuss inferences/implications

Critique

(Polite suggestions)
  • Offer a way to reorganize ideas so they are more logical or create a better flow
    • I wonder how it would change things if you tried this organization scheme (last section on page) ...
  • Add more information (or details, examples; counter-examples) needed to support the ideas
    • You might want to add more information (or details, examples; counter-examples) needed to support the ideas.
    • Could you offer a quote from the document/text/resource that supports ...
  • Politely challenge their arguments or conclusions - make sure to justify your own thinking
    • After looking at the facts, I came to a different conclusion. I think ... because ...
    • You stated ... I'm not sure that is an accurate assumption because ...
    • Do you have a link to data or a resource to back up ...
  • Disagree and give reasons
    • I disagree with ... because...
  • Provide a counter example
    • Have you considered this counter example ...
  • Explain what facts are incorrect – Cite a source to verify your claim
    • This resource seems to contradict what you are saying ...
    • I believe it really is ...
  • Perspective – Respond from a different perspective and comment on how that perspective is similar or different
    • I see it differently because
    • Have you considered the perspective of ...
      • Who might have a different perspective?
      • I wonder if ... might have a different perspective ...
      • Who might disagree with ...
    • Have you thought about ... Have you considered ...
  • Uncover – Explain an assumption that the student who wrote the original post made and why that may not be an accurate assumption.

Positive Reinforcement

(This is a chance to reinforce concepts/skills from a lesson or an element from the rubric.)

  • Comment on what you liked about the work, citing specific examples:
    • I liked ... because ...


Synthesize

  • Use ideas from multiple posts to create a new idea or to summarize
  • Write a summary/restatement to clarify; Provide an opinion (similar or different); Provide a perspective;

Meta Analyze

  • Make a meta-discussion statement, i.e., an observation regarding the content or characteristics of the discussion. (Blue Hat)

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