How to Design and Facilitate Online Discussions that Improve Student Learning and Engagement
The tools you need to effectively design and implement online discussions
Higher education has embraced online learning. More and more classes are offered online, giving students access to an increasing number of courses and subjects.
But online learning doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Instructors need to prepare courses that improve student learning and engagement as well as create systems that can assess what’s working and what isn’t and to use that information to adjust their courses going forward.
One of the keys to offering a positive online learning experience is to have instructors available to facilitate online discussions that encourage a meaningful exchange of ideas between students and the instructor as well as among the students themselves. But many teachers are unfamiliar with the tools available to effectively design and implement these discussions.
This on-demand seminar from Magna Publications can provide those tools.
In How to Design and Facilitate Online Discussions that Improve Student Learning and Engagement, Dr. Meixun Zheng reviews how online discussion design and facilitation have evolved and provide practical strategies and tools
After participating in this online seminar, you will be able to:
- The value of online discussions for both students and instructors
- Produce online discussions that create an online learning community and support knowledge co-construction
- Design online discussions that engage students and promote collaborative learning
- Assess the effectiveness of online student discussion and interaction using established criteria
- Facilitate online discussions so that students learn from their peers as well as from the teacher
- Engage students who don’t participate in your online discussions
You’ll get several design and facilitation ideas to help you create a better learning experience for your students. You’ll see examples of online discussion activities, including student posts and instructor feedback to those posts as well as an assessment rubric template you can use to evaluate the quality of your online discussions and help you adapt what you learn in this webinar to your own online courses.
You’ll come away with specific actions you can take to create an online learning community that encourages participation and enhances the learning experience for all your students.
Whether you’re a faculty member, faculty developer, instructional designer, or teaching assistant—anyone who teaches or develops online courses for colleges and universities—you’ll get strategies you can use to create successful online courses that will encourage student participation and learning.
Order today and you’ll see examples of online discussion activities, including student posts and instructor feedback to those posts as well as an assessment rubric template you can use to evaluate the quality of your online discussions and help you adapt what you learn in this webinar to your own online courses.
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