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Enroll Now! EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning

Enroll Now! EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit Instructor: Dr. Maryruth Hicks Fall: March 5 - May 11, 2018.

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Don't' miss this class. Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit Instructor: Dr. Maryruth Hicks Fall: March 5 - May 11, 2018.

 

This course won't be offered again until Summer 2018.  Act Now!

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EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning

EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Learn the fine art of deepening critical thinking through discussion facilitation. 

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Learn more about online community, discussion facilitation,  and encouraging learner engagement -- take this great online class. 

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Maryellen Weimer, PhD: Classroom Discussions: How to Apply the Right Amount of Structure

Maryellen Weimer, PhD: Classroom Discussions: How to Apply the Right Amount of Structure | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
How does one prepare for these unstructured structured discussions? Maybe it starts with having a general sense of discussion possibilities, identifying some of the priorities, but being open to unexpected outcomes. What actions does this general orientation entail? Most of us launch discussions with questions, but we also head into the discussion having good answers to those questions.
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Dr. Weimer always provides insight wrapped around practical suggestions. This piece on the structure of discussions (both online and face to face) is spot on. 

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Effective Discussion Prompts for Online Discussion Boards

Published on Jun 7, 2015
The video explains why it is important to ask right, open-ended questions. It will give you overview for ineffective and effective question for online discussion boards, and some ideas of alternatives to the question-and-answer format.
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Learning to facilitate online discussion requires practice and a first foundation in the best practices described in this video. 

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HCL's curator insight, March 6, 2017 8:20 PM
A little long but raises some valuable points on eliciting effective online discussions...
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Steve Snyder: A Practical Approach for Increasing Students’ In-Class Questions

Steve Snyder: A Practical Approach for Increasing Students’ In-Class Questions | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Steve Snyder:

 

I usually offer a few parameters as well:

  • Avoid yes/no questions.
  • Be specific in terms of ideas and passages (i.e., specify page numbers).
  • Ask about the areas or ideas you struggled with and/or those that really aroused your curiosity.


The latter point is key. The best questions usually arise from a sincere questioner.

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Thanks to Steve Snyder for this Faculty Focus article on how to develop students' questioning skills.  This applies to both traditional classroom instruction and to discussion forum participation in online classes.

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Character Minutes's curator insight, July 22, 2016 11:01 AM
Great prompt sheet included!

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Academic Digital Etiquette: Interacting in online spaces

Academic Digital Etiquette: Interacting in online spaces | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Celia's reflections:

 

"I have had many discussions with students about the protocols on interacting in online spaces in an academic or professional manner. Whether they be commenting on a blog or giving feedback in comments on a Google document or interacting in Edmodo or Google Classroom, students need to be modelled the ‘professional’ way to behave. Commenting within an academic context is in fact providing feedback and as such quite a complicated skill for a young student."

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This thoughtful blog on "academic digital etiquette" offers excellent advice for students learning to work in academic discussion environments.

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Marla Bucy's curator insight, April 22, 2016 2:26 PM
This is the kind of information that I think students who must peer review each other's writing would find helpful: This blog entry provides useful adjectives without an overwhelming amount of instruction.
Aleta Chowfin's curator insight, May 4, 2016 4:49 AM
Great article !
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Student Engagement Strategies for the Online Learning Environment

Student Engagement Strategies for the Online Learning Environment | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Our faculty development unit gathered data from students about how engaged they felt in their online courses.Their comments helped inform our teaching. 
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We teach best practices for online teaching in our Graduate Certificate Program at UW-Stout. This article gives you a give overview of those practices.

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Régis Faubet's curator insight, March 21, 2016 5:54 AM

We teach best practices for online teaching in our Graduate Certificate Program at UW-Stout. This article gives you a give overview of those practices.

Luciana Viter's curator insight, March 21, 2016 6:35 AM

We teach best practices for online teaching in our Graduate Certificate Program at UW-Stout. This article gives you a give overview of those practices.

Alexandria Yaxley's curator insight, March 22, 2016 4:44 AM

We teach best practices for online teaching in our Graduate Certificate Program at UW-Stout. This article gives you a give overview of those practices.

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The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies - Cult of Pedagogy

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies - Cult of Pedagogy | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
When I worked with student teachers on developing effective lesson plans, one thing I always asked them to revise was the phrase “We will discuss.”

We will discuss the video.

We will discuss the story.

We will discuss our results.

Every time I saw it in a lesson plan, I would add a  note: “What format will you use? What questions will you ask? How will you ensure that all students participate?” I was pretty sure that We will discuss actually meant the teacher would do most of the talking; He would throw out a couple of questions like “So what did you think about the video?” or “What was the theme of the story?” and a few students would respond, resulting in something that looked  like a discussion, but was ultimately just a conversation between the teacher and a handful of extroverted students; a classic case of Fisheye Teaching.

The problem wasn’t them; in most of the classrooms where they’d sat as students, that’s exactly what a class discussion looked like. They didn’t know any other “formats.” I have only ever been familiar with a few myself. But when teachers began contacting me recently asking for a more comprehensive list, I knew it was time to do some serious research.

Via John Evans
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Susan Wegmann's curator insight, April 22, 2016 12:20 PM
Genuine class discussions -- singing my song!
Ainsley Ballinger's curator insight, May 2, 2016 12:02 AM

Great ideas to promote in-class discussion. Will be referring to when creating lesson plans for my placement. 

Amelia Atzeni's curator insight, June 4, 2017 1:03 AM

An intelligent post about classroom discussion strategies. This is a highly relevant topic for me currently as I am gaining experience as a preservice teacher.

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40 weirdly intriguing questions...

40 weirdly intriguing questions... | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
1. What’s a question you’re afraid to ask? To whom?
2. What’s something you hide about your personality?
3. What’s something other people think about you that you don’t agree with?
4. How do...
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Discussion Prompts are where you find them and I just found this thought provoking list of question on a semi anonymous tumblr blog.

Questions demand answers. Open ended questions evoke stories.


Icebreakers anyone?

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 20, 2015 5:13 PM

Prompts are where you find them and I just found this thought provoking list of question on semi anonymous tumblr blog. 


Questions demand answers. Open ended questions evoke stories.

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The Art of the Discussion Prompt | IDDblog

The Art of the Discussion Prompt | IDDblog | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Discussions are sometimes called the engine of an online course. Discussions provide an opportunity for students to engage with the course content, with each other, and with you—the professor—simultaneously, which means they have a lot of potential for meaningful learning and high retention.

There is no guarantee that students will really apply themselves by just creating a discussion. What you get out of a discussion assignment depends on what you put into it. Here are some tips for writing your discussion prompt, selecting your settings, and participating in the discussion.
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Solid design advice from writer Alex Joppie.  Follow these principles to create better discussions in your online or blended classes.

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Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, March 21, 2015 9:45 PM

good design advice on structuring discussions. Follow these principles to create better discussions in your online or blended classes.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 21, 2015 10:04 PM

Dialogue and conversation have different feels than discussion which is about winning one's argument.

 

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Doug Ward's curator insight, March 22, 2015 7:47 PM

Good advice.

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15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards [INFOGRAPHIC] - Online Education Blog of Touro College

15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards [INFOGRAPHIC] - Online Education Blog of Touro College | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
“Netiquette” refers to rules of etiquette that apply to online communication.

Follow these 15 rules of netiquette to make sure you sound respectful, polite, and knowledgeable when you post to your class’s online discussion boards.
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Here are good ideas presented in a light graphic fashion.  A written version of the 15 Rules is found below the infographic. 

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Ajo Monzó's curator insight, March 29, 2015 8:04 AM

Thanks!!!

Ellen Comito McKeown's curator insight, June 24, 2015 11:15 AM

Spells out rules for netiquette.  Good way to start out with students who are used to posting on social networks and ranting.  In the comments, the college stated that teachers can reprint this for their classrooms as long as they give credit to Touro College. 

Ness Crouch's curator insight, June 17, 2017 5:53 PM
Another useful classroom resource
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15 Tips For Facilitating Online Discussion | Edudemic

15 Tips For Facilitating Online Discussion | Edudemic | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Facilitating discussions between students is one of those things that is infinitely easier when you’re teaching in a physical classroom rather than online. When the students are all in one room, discussions happen more naturally. Facilitating the same type of productive, useful discussion when teaching online is more of a challenge.
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This Infographic conveys solid information.online discussions. Enjoy!

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Irmgard Huppe's curator insight, November 28, 2014 5:13 AM

short and sharp collection of a few important pointers

Rich Schultz's curator insight, December 1, 2014 11:54 AM

Online discussion tips!

Almudena Rueda's curator insight, February 7, 2015 1:17 PM

Another great Infographics from Edudemic.

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Beyond Self-Teaching Online: Using the Threaded Discussion in Distance Education by Clarence J. Bouchat : Learning Solutions Magazine

Beyond Self-Teaching Online: Using the Threaded Discussion in Distance Education  by Clarence   J. Bouchat : Learning Solutions Magazine | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Although there are many documented advantages of learning online, some educators still question this innovative way of teaching because of technical obstacles, because they suspect or doubt its effectiveness, or because they are unfamiliar with the approach. Indeed, the teaching considerations for an online course, versus a traditional in-residence-based course, do change by necessity because of the different learning environments.

Making traditional course material digital, converting lectures to streaming video, and assigning tests or writing assignments online are not enough to convert the full classroom experience into avirtual one.


What is lacking in the virtual setting is the dynamic interchange among students and instructors. Although their concerns are valid, in-residence educators should find solace in learning that one of the most fundamental forms of teaching, the student-peer discussion facilitated by a knowledgeable instructor, remains as valid for mature-student distance learning today as it was for Socrates. This venerable method remains effective for online students for the same reasons it works in the classroom — because the discourse among students actually builds knowledge and keeps learning focused on their needs. Online, this Socratic method of teaching, also known as a “threaded discussion” or a “forum,” is an excellent distancelearning tool. All online instructors should consider using this method.

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This is a dated (2006) but highly relevant article about using threaded discussion. 


It takes skill and training to keep discussions vital and thought provoking.  Courses with strong discussion facilitation remain the gold standard (IMHO). 

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online4ed's curator insight, October 7, 2014 9:37 AM

Why I work so hard to help students realize the more they put in to the class, the more they will get out! 

David Bramley's curator insight, October 7, 2014 7:05 PM

The go-to activity for most teachers looking to add an activity to their online offering is the forum.  But  the activity is often ill thought through, the teacher doesn't participate themselves and as a result the forum fails to launch!

 

This post looks at threaded discussions and how teachers can use them to facilitate peer to peer discussion that will add value to the learning experience.  Highly recommended

Deborah Eastwood's curator insight, October 12, 2014 1:15 PM

Understanding the importance of the discussion board in the online classroom. 

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How online education benefits introverted students (essay)

How online education benefits introverted students (essay) | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Joe told me that after his high school graduation, he’d put off college because of his fears of the classroom environment. He’d decided to enroll in this, one class at his local community college, because he had the option to take his courses online. Joe loved the online environment, and rather than feeling like it was his second-best option or that he was a second-best learner, he was empowered and eager. I imagined him pursuing his degree while maturity had a chance to do its job, gaining confidence in his ideas in written form first so that he could begin to take more extroverted baby steps in the future.
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An important essay by Karen Costa on the benefits of online learning for introverted students. 

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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, January 19, 9:57 AM
Interesting read. There are pros and cons to everything, but in this case, I agree that extraversion gets more respect than its due.
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Best Practices for Online Discussion: 16 Quality, Timing, and Value Added Response Tips

Best Practices for Online Discussion: 16 Quality, Timing, and Value Added Response Tips | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Expertly facilitated online discussion is the driving force for community in e-learning classes. Creating norms for discussion quality and timing improve the dialog. This also helps the facilitator step back as students learn to deepen their online dialog.
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Special thanks to Kathy Hayden of Cal-State San Marcos for the many of the ideas behind 'Value Added' response techniques.  It's always useful to mix up the types of responses you offer to your students (and peers)  in an online discussion. 

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What To Do When Online Discussion Dies - eLearning Industry

What To Do When Online Discussion Dies - eLearning Industry | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Ever had a discussion forum or social chat fall silent? Students that are deeply engaged in forums and chat have a more enjoyable experience and are more likely to complete their course successfully. Here's how you can reignite engagement when online discussion dies.
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Tips for students and for instructors on what to do when a discussion runs out of gas. 

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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, April 24, 2017 4:34 PM
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Common Sense Media Review: Flipgrid

Common Sense Media Review: Flipgrid | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create grids of short discussion-style questions that students respond to through recorded videos. You can create up to four grids with a Flipgrid account. Grids can be classes, sections, groups of students, research groups, faculty groups, or any collection of users interested in a common strand of questions. Each grid can hold an unlimited number of questions, and each question can hold an unlimited number of responses. Questions are short, text-based prompts (think Twitter) that can include basic formatting (such as bold, italic) and links to websites or documents.
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I've always been an early adopter of teaching technologies.  This one is tempting indeed. This review looks at Flipgrid for use in Grades 6-12.    I can see it working at a graduate level. 

 

To risk a cliche: "The proof is in the pudding..."   You won't really know unless you try it.

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Jean Marrapodi's curator insight, August 30, 2016 8:18 AM
Lots of potential for online classes with this tool. 
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5 Ways to Ace Discussion Board Assignments in an Online Class

5 Ways to Ace Discussion Board Assignments in an Online Class | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
When online discussion boards come together well, students can actually learn more from them than from other parts of class, instructors say. But getting the most out of a discussion board – and earning the high marks to show for it – isn't easy. 

Below, experts share tips for how to ace the discussion board component of online class.
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Discussion forums are essential for an online learning community. Great tips shared here!

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Online Discussion Boards: Strategies to Ease Instructor Burden and Promote Student Learning - OLC

Online Discussion Boards: Strategies to Ease Instructor Burden and Promote Student Learning - OLC | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Because of mandated institutional engagement expectations, the discussion boards may take up the bulk of an online instructor’s time. To help alleviate discussion board burn-out, here are some strategies that can be used to promote student learning while reducing instructor workload:
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These "tricks of the trade" will help any online instructor manage their time while improving student learning.

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Daniel Jäggli's curator insight, March 30, 2016 4:49 AM

These "tricks of the trade" will help any online instructor manage their time while improving student learning.

NancyEvans@ATS-LU's curator insight, March 30, 2016 9:40 AM

These "tricks of the trade" will help any online instructor manage their time while improving student learning.

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These "tricks of the trade" will help any online instructor manage their time while improving student learning.

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Vicki Davis: How to Teach Students Discussion Forums

Vicki Davis: How to Teach Students Discussion Forums | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Discussion forums have been around a long time but I have found few schools who teach them.  Sites like Reddit and most technical support sites use this threaded discussion format. But it is easy to teach using wikispaces. Here’s the video I use  to teach my students how to use discussion forums properly.
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Understanding how to use a discussion forum is a 21st Century literacy.  Teach your students how to use this technology!

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Carol Hancox's curator insight, February 25, 2016 6:44 PM

Tips on discussion forums

Instructional Coach's curator insight, March 10, 2016 8:15 AM

Understanding how to use a discussion forum is a 21st Century literacy.  Teach your students how to use this technology!

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Give Voice with Technology: Collaborize Classroom

Give Voice with Technology:  Collaborize Classroom | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

“In-class participation has increased across the board. I’m not getting the blank stares I used to. My students are excited to voice their opinions.”

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If I were teaching 8th grade right now (I did it for 15 years!) I’d choose Collaborize.


I've had my eye on this platform for years.  They have brilliant teacher support materials and a number of different types of forums that teachers from k-12 through graduate school will find useful.


Check out their Topic Library! 

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Ellen Comito McKeown's curator insight, August 23, 2015 10:53 PM

This learning system is already set up to help your blended class run smoothly.  I have already set up my classroom site and it took no time at all.  Engagement is often hard to come by in middle school, but this will help every student participate. Another great feature is how well this platform works with the common core.  Definitely worth a look.

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Extroverts and Introverts in learning | Online Learning Insights

Extroverts and Introverts in learning | Online Learning Insights | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
As online learning becomes a viable modality for learning, determining how to engage all students in meaningful learning activities, whether it be discussion, group work or other, will require further research and exploration. The starting point I believe, is viewing quiet online students in a different light, not as a passive, unresponsive individual but as a students with something to say and contribute even in a world that can’t stop talking.
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Don't miss the insights of Curtis Bonk referred to in this solid book review. The "Quiet Online student" is well worth researching.


~ Time for a shift in perception?

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transivm's curator insight, June 21, 2015 6:23 AM

AÑADA su visión ...

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, June 21, 2015 3:36 PM

Quite true. However, a host of other contributing factors need to be scrutinized as well.

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Reviving Threaded Discussions: Strategies to Enhance Virtual Conversations | IDDblog

Reviving Threaded Discussions: Strategies to Enhance Virtual Conversations | IDDblog | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
No matter how you decide to frame the assignment, it’s important to ensure that the discussion is meaningful and not busy work. Some of the most effective discussions foster students’ creativity, ability to solve problems, make decisions, collaborate, and conduct research. Interestingly enough, this type of engagement is similar to what students experience with K-12 educational technology via ISTE’s NETS standards for students. Continuing to build on this framework at the collegiate level is essential.
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Ashanti Morgan's article includes an excellent overview of the design process with a solid bulleted list of question types. 

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Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, March 19, 2015 2:08 AM

This post provides an excellent overview of the best approach to discussion design process with a list of question types.

Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, March 19, 2015 9:42 AM

Yes please. Discussions groups can be very good or very frustrating. It does take some effort to plan it out, ask the right questions and make the activity relevant. 

Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, March 29, 2015 11:20 AM

short, quick read about making discussions threads more engaging. 

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Unlocking the Mystery of Critical Thinking

Unlocking the Mystery of Critical Thinking | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Critical thinking. We all endorse it. We all want our students to do it. And we claim to teach it. But do we? Do we even understand and agree what it means to think critically?

According to Paul and Elder’s (2013a) survey findings, most faculty don’t know what critical thinking is or how to teach it. Unless faculty explicitly and intentionally design their courses to build their students’ critical thinking skills and receive training in how to teach them, their students do not improve their ski
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Here's an excellent article that activates critical thinking theories with example questions that teachers can use right now.  

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Ruby Day's curator insight, December 2, 2014 5:20 PM

The challenge with projects can be getting students to go into depth, think critically about their research - its relevance and the conclusions they draw and apply to the project. Some probing questions in this article to help.

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sian etherington's curator insight, December 4, 2014 4:16 PM

Useful insights - particularly that critical thinking skills can't develop in a knowledge vacuum.

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Best Practices for Online Discussion: 16 Quality, Timing, and Value Added Response Tips

Best Practices for Online Discussion: 16 Quality, Timing, and Value Added Response Tips | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Expertly facilitated online discussion is the driving force for community in e-learning classes. Creating norms for discussion quality and timing improve the dialog. This also helps the facilitator step back as students learn to deepen their online dialog.
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Guidance on how to add value and quality to your discussion posts.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 10, 2014 3:20 AM

Best Practices for Online Discussion: 16 Quality, Timing, and Value Added Response Tips