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Major changes in mathematics pedagogy include writing as pedagogy and the role of community in learning. The classroom community is naturally extended by the use of online discussion boards. In this paper several models for student use of online discussion boards that have been successfully used to promote mathematical discourse are presented. Structured and unstructured examples that are easily adaptable and transportable to a variety of mathematics classroom settings are offered. These assignments facilitate student engagement and interaction outside of the classroom. Assessment, utility, and transferability are offered. Although the authors use the discussion boards provided by Blackboard, this particular software package is not necessary.




This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in the journal PRIMUS, 2007, © Taylor & Francis, available online at:

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Green, K. & Johnson, E. (2007).Promoting mathematical communication and community via Blackboard. PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies, 17(4):325-337. doi: 10.1080/10511970601131563

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