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Conducting effective online discussions


Conducting effective online discussions

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Download the supporting PDF file for this episode from the Learning to Teach Online project website.Discussions are an important component of many forms of online student interaction. For students to benefit from an online discussion, it is important for teachers to generate relevant topics, effectively moderate student activity and participate regularly. This episode will highlight several strategies to help you manage online discussions more effectively, and make them more... More
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Date Added to MERLOT: February 24, 2011
Date Modified in MERLOT: July 28, 2014
Submitter: Simon McIntyre
Keywords: forum, discussion, development, watson, chat, education, ltto, online, training, elearning, thread, asynchronous, cofa, synchronous, moderation, altc, mcintyre, karin, moderate, learning, teach, professional, simon, unsw, engagement, conferencing


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Avatar for Buddy Ethridge
28 weeks ago

Buddy Ethridge (Staff)

I enjoyed this piece and found that, in general, I agree with most of the sentiments expressed. However, one instructor commented early on about "we don't know if you are logging on just because you logged on; you must post something for us to know that you are there." Almost every LMS and discussion board tool has a logging feature, so seeing that someone logged on and read a post is not only possible, it is usually built right in. I understand encouraging students to respond and engage, but requiring them to post might actually turn away some, while also garnering some canned, snipped responses by students who are only replying because they must.

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