Learn how to design effective discussion board prompts, facilitate, online discussions to enhance student discourse on your class topics, and assess the discussions.

Writing Great Questions

Writing effective online discussion questions is perhaps the most important factor in developing a robust online discussion. Check out this article in MERLOT's Journal for Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT). We recommend focusing on the section entitled S and T: Style and Type of Question and checking out the appendix of the article for sample discussion questions.

Overview of Facilitating an Online Discussion

The Teaching Effectiveness Program at the University of Oregon has published an excellent introduction to facilitating online discussions. This resource highlights important considerations about the time management for faculty and students, as well as how to model appropriate and well-formed discussion board posts.

Assessing Discussions

This is a detailed online discussion assessment rubric developed by the University of Missouri.

This is an example of a multi-week discussion in a Nursing Ethics course. The example includes the language from the syllabus about the assignment, language describing the assignment that appeared in the learning management system, and a description of how the instructor structured the discussion.

UWB Videos: Bringing the Class Discussion Online

These videos highlight three UWB Faculty (Carol Leppa from Nursing, Paul Collins from Business, and Ben Gardner from IAS) as they share their stories of using online discussion to enhance student learning.

UWB Faculty Videos