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The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies - Cult of Pedagogy

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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.

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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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Tony Bates: Understanding the Building Blocks of Online Learning:

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For almost 50 years, Tony Bates has been a consistent, persistent and influential voice for the reform of teaching and learning in post-secondary education, notably through the effective use of emerging technologies. Author of 11 books and 350 research papers in the field of online learning and distance education, Tony Bates is also an advisor to over 40 organizations in 25 countries, and publisher of what is arguably the most influential blog on online learning with over 20,000 visits a month.  A Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate, Dr. Bates has helped educators, academic administrators and policy makers grasp key concepts, trends and challenges in online learning. This posting is one of a series that looks at Tony’s perspectives and advice on key issues in online learning.  

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 6, 2015 5:41 PM

First installment of a multi-part series from Tony Bates.  

Rich Schultz's curator insight, January 14, 2015 9:16 PM

Build that online class!

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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 | Online Discussion | Scoop.it
Flickr Photo Courtesy Of: Eric Wignall Teaching Online Across Devices   In online courses, discussion forums provide a place for student-to-student and instructor-to-student interaction. Within discussion forums, students share thoughts and review the ideas of others modeled through collegial, dialogic Read More >
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2013 Survey of Online Learning Report

Key report findings include:
Over 7.1 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2012 term, an increase of 411,000 students over the previous year.


The online enrollment growth rate of 6.1 percent is the lowest recorded for this report series.
Thirty-three percent of higher education students now take at least one course online.


The percent of academic leaders rating the learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to those in face-to-face grew from 57.2 in 2003 to 77.0 percent last year, but fell back to 74.1 percent this year.


The proportion of chief academic leaders that say online learning is critical to their long-term strategy dropped from 69.1 percent to 65.9 percent.


Ninety percent of academic leaders believe that it is likely or very likely that a majority of all higher education students will be taking at least one online course in five year’s time.


Only 5.0 percent of higher education institutions currently offer a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), another 9.3 percent report MOOCs are in the planning stages.


Less than one-quarter of academic leaders believe that MOOCs represent a sustainable method for offering online courses.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 4, 2014 3:15 PM

While we can't completely predict the future of online education, research reports help us see the way a bit more accurately.

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elearn Magazine: You Think You Know Online Learners? Think Again

elearn Magazine: You Think You Know Online Learners? Think Again | Online Discussion | Scoop.it
Did you know that 83 percent of individuals interested in continuing education opportunities took an online course in 2013? Or that 68 percent of your learning audience is over the age of 40?* There's a major shift happening in online continuing education, yet many organizations find themselves tied to an old way of thinking about their content, delivery, and audience. They fail to recognize it's that very shift that demands a keen understanding of their users and how they prefer to learn.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 4, 2014 3:10 PM

Essential Advice:  Know your audience.

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The Art of the Discussion Prompt

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By Alex Joppie: 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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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 6, 2014 9:50 PM

Here's a detailed article that provides a solid foundation for writing discussion prompts. Practical advice and some D2L specific references, and an interesting list of related articles make this piece worth your time (if it fits your needs)! 

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▶ Gift of the Gab: Leading Online Discussions - YouTube

This 5 minute screencast desxribes the purpose of online discussions and offers various activities that can be accomplished through this course structure.
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How to have active, online discussions with your class

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How to have a discussion online with your class. We'll give you some tips and tricks on how to get your entire class involved.
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How to facilitate online discussions

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Online discussions may seem to happen naturally but there are specific ways a facilitator can ensure comments evolve into good online conversations.
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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 | Online Discussion | 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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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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A Real Conversation - Making Online Discussions Awesome - OLC

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http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/workshop/fundamentals-engaging-learners-online-discussion/
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5 Tips to Conduct Engaging Online Discussions

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5 Tips to Conduct Engaging Online Discussions. These online discussions will help make learning engaging and thought provoking
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Best Practices for Online Discussion: 16 Quality, Timing, and Value Added Response Tips

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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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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 9, 2014 11:30 AM

Guidance on how to add value and quality to your discussion posts.

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

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

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Edutopia: Mastering Online Discussion Board Facilitation


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 20, 2014 8:56 PM

Best practices, Netiquette, Time Management tips... all in one sweet pdf package.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, October 4, 2014 3:05 AM

lots of good stuff here

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, October 4, 2014 12:55 PM

A PDF with tons of great insights. 

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They chatted... now what? "Evaluating online discussions"

They chatted... now what? "Evaluating online discussions" | Online Discussion | Scoop.it
I'm joining a couple of colleagues in piloting a few online courses this summer. Because interactive discussion is a big part of what most of us do, figuring out how to handle online discussions is...
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Guidelines for effective online discussions | Technology Solutions for Teaching and Research

Guidelines for effective online discussions | Technology Solutions for Teaching and Research | Online Discussion | Scoop.it

Guidelines for effective online discussions 
This resource will help you, as an instructor, consider many factors that contribute to a successful implementation of online discussion in your course. 
 
Variation and incremental development            
Not every suggestion provided in this resource will fit every situation.  You’ll need to find what works best for your students in the context of your course; an iterative approach will likely be necessary in order to meet your learning goals.  Variables like class size and personality, scheduling, and topic might require adjustments.  A group with a sense of community established through in-class interaction might seamlessly continue discussions online, while another groups might require more attention.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 26, 2014 4:06 PM

Solid guidelines backed up with a good works consulted list from Chad Shorter at UW-Madison.

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15 Tips For Facilitating Online Discussion - Edudemic

15 Tips For Facilitating Online Discussion - Edudemic | Online Discussion | 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. The handy infographic below …
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