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Avoiding Online Discussion Pitfalls

Rating: 5 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: Vesta Whisler (Faculty), Feb 08, 2005
Comment: Superb list that should be posted at every computer of every online instructor!!
only thing missing was a reference to a grading rubric for discussion questions.
All too often I see online instructors throw out questions for students to
answer with absolutely no guidelines. Students soon become frustrated and bored,
and then the
instructors wonder why there is no interaction!!! Instructors also need to
monitor the discussions and throw in a comment or two to let the students know
that it IS important (and why). The point about helping students understand how
to tie their comments to the content is EXTREMELY important!