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online-discussion-forum.pdf

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You might wish to have a close look at p20 - 24 where the authors present the factors which encourage and discourage participation in discussion boards as identified by students in the study.   Also provided are some interesting student responses about assessment of discussion boards.  On p 25 - 27, the authors look at the impact of 'ethnicity' in the use of discussion boards and also provides some responses from Indigenous students and their suggestions about discussion board design.

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Teaching Critical Thinking through Online Discussions

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For some questioning prompts that might provide some inspiration when creating discussions, check out p40 of this pdf.

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Tips for Overcoming Online Discussion Board Challenges

Tips for Overcoming Online Discussion Board Challenges | Online Discussion Forums | Scoop.it
Discussion boards are often viewed as the heart of online courses, and for good reason: the students can interact with one another 24/7, sharing, debating, and offering ideas, insights, suggestions, and information that stimulate the learning process. Yet challenges do happen in discussion, and these can be formidable. Left alone, they can quickly limit the effectiveness of any discussion and create problems throughout the online course.
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Centre for Teaching Excellence - Online Discussions

 

Online discussions are a great tool to extend classroom conversations and learning by getting students to engage with class material online.

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10 Reasons Students Don’t Participate in Online Discussions & How to Remedy Each

A resource geared to instructors of online courses who use discussion forums as part of their instructional plan. Designed as a guide, it provides suggestions and strategies for facilitating meaningful class discussions for instructors and their institutions.
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How to Teach Critical Thinking in the Online Classroom

How can we get to students develop higher order thinking skills and think critically? And, is it even possible in an online learning space? This presentation s…
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Some specific slides that might be of interest:

Slide 12 describes some methods that support higher order thinking

Slide 16 provides some discussion prompts that might be of use when construction discussions

Slides 17 - 19 have some examples of how discussion boards have been used.

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edutopia-onlinelearning-mastering-online-discussion-board-facilitation.pdf

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Conducting effective online discussions

Discussions are an important component of many forms of online student interaction. For students to benefit from an online discussion, it is important for teachers to generate relevant topics, effectively moderate student activity and participate
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