Our developmental program offers students the option of studying vocabulary from content courses through a Blackboard web site I created. Students place themselves in a group based upon fields of study rather than specific courses (e.g. health, social science/humanities, language arts, etc.). Student groups then us the discussion board to create a subject dictionary of words they encounter in their courses. They write their own definitions, use the words in sentences and engage in activities such as creating index cards, glossaries and crossword puzzles, intended to teach them how to learn words on their own. This has been fairly successful, and a colleague at a nearby college has her students join mine in these virtual groups. Anyone wishing to view the site may do so at: http://www.blackboard.com/courses/DVED153. (DVED must be all caps). Just click on the "Visit as a guest" link. You'll not have access to everything but should be able to see enough to get the idea. I welcome comments and suggestions. Dan Snook, Developmental Education Coordinator Montcalm Community College 2800 College Drive Sidney, MI 48885 517-328-1282 > From: Melodye Wiens <[log in to unmask]> > Organization: @Home Network > Reply-To: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals > <[log in to unmask]> > Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 06:20:13 -0800 > To: [log in to unmask] > Subject: Vocabulary for Content Areas > > Do any of you offer vocabulary units of study, designed to complement or > support general education courses? For example, do you offer a course > along the lines of "Vocabulary Development for Biology"?