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How Do I Create Engaging Threaded Discussion Questions?

How Do I Create Engaging Threaded Discussion Questions?

A properly crafted question can engage students’ interest, foster ideas and contributions from other students, and in little time at all help transform what may have been an uninspired or “flat” classroom into a hotbed of learning in which the ideas and comments of one student are quickly built on by another.

Online Classroom Student Engagement

A properly crafted question can engage students’ interest, foster ideas and contributions from other students.

In little time at all help transform what may have been an uninspired or “flat” classroom into a hotbed of learning in which the ideas and comments of one student are quickly built on by another.

Led by John Orlando, Ph.D., this Magna 20-Minute Mentor focuses on generating dynamic interaction with online students.

You will learn:

  • The difference between good and bad discussion questions.
  • Why questions written for a test or essay do not work in an online environment.
  • How to tease out a good question from different subject matter.
  • Key do’s and don’ts to consider in writing good online discussion questions.

We also include supplemental materials that feature discussion questions to avoid, discussion questions to use, managing discussion and a sample discussion rubric.

At the conclusion of this professional development program, you will be able to:

  • Develop online discussion questions that generate dynamic interaction.
  • Lead an online classroom discussion successfully.
  • Understand which types of questions work well in an online environment and which ones do not.
  • Understand the key rules for interaction and crafting good discussion questions.

What people are saying about this program:

“As an online director, I see the good, bad and the ugly every day. Stunningly, instructors think they don't need help with design issues, but this video is at minimum, a valuable reminder of what works and what doesn't. At best, it is an educational tool that helps them engage the student on a more effective level. Thanks!” - Unattributed

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Order the Campus Access License and load the CD content onto your institution’s internal web site for unlimited, convenient, on-demand access for all members of your campus community.

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