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Beyond the Discussion Board: How Can I Engage Online Students?

Beyond the Discussion Board: How Can I Engage Online Students?

Learn how to overcome common challenges of discussion boards. Examine other options for engagement in your learning management system (LMS) and engaging students outside of the online classroom.

Ramp up your discussion board for deeper student engagement

Despite their universal use in online teaching, discussion boards have significant drawbacks for educators and students alike. They don't engage students easily, and they can't duplicate the dynamics of a face-to-face classroom discussion.

Some students find it hard to follow conversation threads. Instead of making meaningful comments, too many students merely resort to an acknowledgment of the discussion without fully embracing it or adding their own thoughts.

Educators are pioneering new ways to get more out of discussion boards by engaging students through learning management systems (LMS). Find out what's working in Beyond the Discussion Board: How Can I Engage Online Students?—the 20-Minute Mentor video available for purchase from Magna Publications.

This presentation explores how to overcome common challenges of discussion boards. You see how to frame questions and topics that invite discussion, as well as an improved way to generate posts that make discussion boards livelier.

Drawing from the Universal Design for Learning, the program reveals options other than discussion boards that ignite online participation. You get strategic ways for students to take greater initiative in dealing with the coursework and with their fellow students through group or individual activities.

Stephanie Delaney, Ph.D., the dean of extended learning at Seattle Central Community College, shares examples from teaching her own students to demonstrate how these ideas can work in an actual online classroom.

The ideas presented in this video can improve the engagement and retention rate of students, appeal to adult learners, and even make grading more interesting for instructors. Purchase your video today.

Product Code: QM15BA | Recorded: 7/29/15

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