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Protocols for Online Discussions

Protocols for Online Discussions

'The protocols discussed in the following pages were modified from protocols
described in the following two books:

  • Brookfield, S. D., & Preskill, S. (1999). Discussion as a way of teaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 
  • McDonald, J., Mohr, N., Dichter, A., & McDonald, E. (2003). The power of protocols: An educator's guide to better practice. New York: Teachers College Press. 

These revised protocols help students process readings, podcasts, videos, etc. during
online discussions.

For these protocols, it is best to have students work in discussion groups of 4-5,
with each group assigned to their own discussion forum. When using a protocol, it is
helpful to debrief the activity with the whole group to reinforce what was learned from
the discussion, and explore any remaining questions. '

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