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Avoiding Online Discussion Pitfalls

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Material Type: Reference Material
Date Added to MERLOT: July 19, 2001
Date Modified in MERLOT: November 18, 2013
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Author: Bridget Murray Send email to Bridget Murray 
APA Monitor on Psychology
Submitter : Sorel Reisman


A list of problems an instructor can encounter in online discussions and assignments, and suggested solutions for each. (Reprinted from "Reinventing class discussion online," Monitor on Psychology. April 2000, 31, 54-56.).  This resource about online discussion is useful when designing your online courses to result in success... More

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Avatar for Rick Reo
5 years ago

Rick Reo (Faculty)

I clicked the link for this resource: IDEAS: Instructional Design for Elearning ApproacheS and it took me here but the link to this material is broken?

Avatar for Nancy Fire
5 years ago

Nancy Fire (Student)

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Avatar for Maha Bali
6 years ago

Maha Bali (Staff)

Very useful and concise, and can be used as a handout in a workshop introducing faculty to online discussions, or in a one-on-one meeting with a faculty member planning to use them. However, requires the "faculty developer" to share examples where these strategies actually have worked, and to back up the claims in the table.

Avatar for Vesta Whisler
9 years ago

Vesta Whisler (Faculty)

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!

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