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Conducting effective online discussions

Conducting effective online discussions

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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 beneficial for your students.



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Corey Cicilioni
Corey Cicilioni (Student)
1 year ago
I really enjoyed this piece. I definitely feel like this was a great resource for the basics of online teaching and learning. As technology changes, more and more professors and students must adapt to online learning and teaching. Although there are several different ways to accomplish this, understanding the pros and cons of synchronous and asynchronous discussions allows for teachers to be able to adapt to the students as well as the students to adapt themselves to different learning styles.
Buddy Ethridge
Buddy Ethridge (Staff)
3 years ago

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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