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Hi Dr. Weicker, Janice,
I have found that my giving some points for class-participation helps. Also, my directly asking each student a question and slowly going through all students in the class.
Great suggestion I will use on BB a discussion with points to improve their grade.
Thanks to both of you who responded. Class participation is a wonderful incentive as is asking each student a question. Don't just call on students who raise their hands rather make it a point from the outset of class that you won't be calling on those with their hands raised. That way the same students do not answer every question.
On using discussion boards I recently ran across an article with a rubric for this purpose. It may be found at http://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/spring51/edelstein51.html. I found it very helpful.