Designing Effective Online Discussions

Overview of Facilitating an Online Discussion

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

http://tep.uoregon.edu/technology/blackboard/docs/discussionboard.pdf

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 (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) 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.

http://jolt.merlot.org/vol3no2/akin.htm

UWB Videos: Bringing the Class Discussion Online

The videos linked below provide examples of UWB faculty who have successfully implemented online discussions in their courses.

http://www.uwb.edu/learningtech/gallery/more/discussion-board-nov2009