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Facilitating online discussions
The facilitation of online discussions, both synchronously and asynchronously, is an important part of engaging students. This section breaks the topic into four categories:
- Introductions and Community-Building: Student-to-student conversation, interaction, and support the creation of a comfortable and trusting social presence.
- Initial Content Engagement: Students think about what they already might know about a new idea, concept, problem, or closely related concept.
- Investigation and Research: Builds on the student’s understandings and expands the knowledge base needed to apply and use the knowledge.
- Integration and Documentation: Require students to use their new content knowledge to solve problems, investigate related questions, and make predictions.
- Affordances of Online Discussions
- Introductions and Community-Building Discussions
- Initial Content Engagement Discussions
- Investigation and Research Discussions
- Integration and Documentation Discussions
- Steps for Building an Online Asynchronous Discussion
- Using Online Asynchronous Discussions to Increase Student Engagement & Active Learning