Discussion boards, or threaded discussions, are one of the most commonly used tools in online teaching. Discussion  forums provide the ability for asynchronous discussion to occur over a period of time. The ability to learn asynchronously is one of the primary benefits of online learning. Students are able to reflect upon their ideas before sharing
them with the class, leading to more reflective responses and in-depth learning.

his guide has been designed to provide some practical suggestions to assist you in making the most of this versatile tool. A number of topics have been addressed, including: facilitation tips, content area suggestions, time
management strategies and much more.

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