Fostering asynchronous peer-to-peer and student-instructor engagements through Piazza

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FBE-WCLA@unimelb.edu.au

Brown Bag Research Series

With the Faculty’s move to online and blended learning, we are faced with a new challenge of incorporating asynchronous peer-to-peer engagement within student cohorts in subjects. Through this seminar, we will draw on our experiences of using Piazza as a discussion board tool across two undergraduate accounting subjects. We will be sharing the reasonings as to why we chose Piazza as our subjects’ discussion board, and how we have incorporated this to curate a Community of Inquiry (Garrison, 2007) within the subjects. Furthermore, we are going to reflect on our experiences from an instructor perspective and share some student perspectives based on their experiences using Piazza in the two subjects. To conclude the seminar, we will also be sharing some of the lessons learnt in managing a Piazza discussion board. We are also interested to discuss the potential for this topic to be a research topic and will seek feedback from the audiences.

Presenters:  Maggie Singorahardjo, Department of Accounting. Since commencing her teaching career, Maggie has focused on teaching and the continuous development of accounting information systems/business processes subjects. Maggie is keen on experimenting with approaches that can increase student engagement and incorporating technology in teaching. Furthermore, Maggie also focuses on enhancing employability skills using technology and assessment (both summative and formative).

Noel Boys, Department of Accounting. Noel is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Accounting.  He has over 30 years’ experience teaching at both secondary and tertiary levels.  In his time at the University of Melbourne, he has taught across a range of under- and post-graduate financial accounting subjects, including introductory Accounting units in the Arts and Law faculties. Noel is currently the subject coordinator of the BCom’s core first year Accounting subject.