Seven Ways to Facilitate Effective Online Discussions

Seven Ways to Facilitate Effective Online Discussions

Thursday, October 5, 2017 | 1:00 PM Central | 60 Minutes

If you’re having trouble getting students to engage in online discussions, perhaps it’s time to rethink how you use the tool. Meaningful online discussions that promote learning and build community don’t happen spontaneously. They require careful planning, good questioning techniques, and strong instructor presence.

The formulaic “read-post-and-respond” approach can ultimately make discussions feel like busywork, rather than a valuable learning activity. Students get bored, the comments become repetitive, and instructors feel overwhelmed by the number of posts they need to review.

Register today for the Seven Ways to Facilitate Effective Online Discussions online seminar, presented by Brian Udermann, PhD. You’ll explore these problems candidly and learn solutions that you can use to draw students in and sustain a lively online learning environment.


Online discussions can be a rewarding way for students to engage with their instructor, other students, and the course material. Successfully integrating this teaching tool without turning off students is a whole other story.

This presentation will help you improve the quality of your discussion boards and enhance online student engagement.

In this online seminar, you’ll learn:

  • The special challenges that online discussions present
  • Strategies for making discussions captivating
  • Various methods for engaging students and holding their attention
  • How online discussions can increase student retention rates

Udermann draws on his 20 years of experience in online education to provide personal anecdotes and practical examples illustrating practical strategies that will engage rather than repel students


This presentation equips you with a better understanding of how online discussions can work for students and how to overcome potential obstacles confidently and efficiently

Upon completion of this seminar, you’ll be able to:

  • Articulate the benefits that online discussions provide
  • Recognize possible problems before they flare up and address them proactively
  • Gain strategies for making online discussions engaging for your students
  • Critique and grade posts efficiently and promptly


This presentation will explore some common challenges to every online discussion, such as poor student participation or students who try to hijack the discussion, and reveal classroom-tested strategies for managing a rewarding discussion.

You’ll also learn how effective online discussions can spur student achievement and ensure high enrollment and retention rates.


School personnel with a fundamental- to intermediate-level eLearning background who are looking for ways to improve their online discussions will gain valuable insights from this presentation, particularly:

  • Instructional designers
  • Instructional technologists
  • eLearning specialists
  • Curriculum development specialists
  • Faculty members in any department
  • Program directors
  • Directors of online education
  • Directors of eLearning
  • Department chairs


Online discussions can deepen the quality of students' education and open up new learning vistas. They can also be challenging tools to manage and master. Register today to see how to enhance them for your pedagogical goals.

Your seminar registration includes the following:

  • Downloadable PowerPoint presentations from the speaker
  • On-demand access for 30 days after the seminar airs on 10/05/17
  • CD recording of the seminar
  • Written transcript
  • Supplemental materials
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

For the live seminar, you can have as many people participate in the program as you like using the single connection by using a large screen, projector, and speakers.

There is no limit to how many times the live seminar is accessed while available. Additional connections for other locations or branch campuses can be purchased for $100 per additional connection. Contact Magna Customer Service at 800-433-0499 to add additional connections for the rebroadcasted seminar.

Campus Access License

With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License (or Group License when ordering online), registrants may take the contents of the program CD & place the information on to a password-protected network, server, or web site for additional staff use. Without the additional Campus Access License, registrants are limited to viewing the program from the program CD once on-demand access has ended. The Group License option is not for multiple or unlimited staff from an institution to connect & participate in the live online seminar presentation.

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