By Eric Brunsell
Blending online social learning opportunities, like asynchronous online discussions, into your traditional face-to-face classes can be beneficial to your students. According to Baird and Fisher, in an educational setting, "social software technologies can work together to support learning and foster community and interaction in the online and blended classroom" (2006,p.24).
Many districts provide teachers and students access to a classroom management system (like Blackboard or Moodle) with discussion board capabilities. Additionally, free services like Edmodo provide an easy entrance to engaging in asynchronous online discussions. In an asynchronous discussion, people participate at different times over extended periods, instead of all at once, providing an excellent way to extend discussions beyond the traditional class period.
The following common themes related to asynchronous discussions were found in five different action research projects in blended classrooms.
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