Facilitating Online Discussions for eLearning

Communication imageThis is a post in support of a presentation I am giving for Columbia Basin College’s eLearning Days. One of the reasons the presentation part is so short is because I am using the presentation as a launch pad for both a broader discussion with participants on class discussion in general and then towards the end I want to finish up with discussion question creation and the challenges of online discussion. I am reproducing my “resources” page below the discussion. I would love to hear about any resources, rubrics, or discussion guides you found helpful. I think this is another gap in teaching instructors on how to teach online. When looking at the issues around online discussions, it is notable how similar the issues are with face-to-face class discussions – or at least SHOULD be! Let me know what you think in the comments below or in an email if you prefer.

Chen, B. et al. (2017). “Creating a community of inquiry in large-enrollment online courses: An exploratory study on the effect of protocols within online discussions,” Online Learning 21(1), 165-188. 

Designing Online Discussion Activities.” (n.d.) Office of Distance Learning. Florida State University

Generating and Facilitating Engaging and Effective Online Discussions.” (2016) Free to Teach. Teaching Effectiveness Program. Teaching and Learning Center. University of Oregon. 

Martin, Florence and Bolliger, Doris U. (2018). “Engagement matters: Student perceptions on the importance of engagement strategies in the online learning environment.” Online Learning 22(1), 205-222. doi:10.24059/olj.v22i1.1092

Orlando, John (2017) ”What Research Tells Us about Online Discussion.” Faculty Focus. Magna Publications. 

Simon, Edwige (2018) “10 Tips for Effective Online Discussions.” Transforming Higher Ed. Educause Review

Discussion Rubrics” (2017) Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository. University of Central Florida.

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