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Online Discussion: Practices to Boost Learning & Engagement

Given the increase in online teaching, instructors need to make sure online discussion is genuinely promoting student engagement and helping reach the course’s learning goals. Learn to use common coaching techniques to improve the quality of your online discussion groups, keep students on task, and advance learning.



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Seven Ways Coaching Skills Can Enhance Online Discussions

John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach, said, “A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.”

He would have been a great moderator for an online discussion board.

Educators call online interaction the lifeblood of blended, flipped, hybrid, and online classes, but blockages can develop.

Students post too little or too much, sharing opinions instead of analysis, and offering little to promote learning or meaningful discussion.

Find out how coaching skills can help you upgrade the quality of your online discussion groups in Online Discussion: Practices to Boost Learning & Engagement, a Magna 40-Minute Seminar.

This schedule-friendly online presentation uses coaching as a metaphor to show you how to support student learning through online discussion.

You wont have to be a sports fan or corporate life coach to see how techniques like guiding during the action, calling time-outs, and debriefing will help you enhance online interaction in your courses.


Your presenter uses coaching as a metaphor to help faculty discover new ways to engage with students in online discussion. In the sporting world, coaches motivate, guide, correct, call time-outs, revise plans, debrief, and empower.

If you’ve ever been disappointed by a discussion post or struggled to make students’ online interaction genuinely educational, this online seminar shows you how to coach your students to deeper learning through your classes discussion board—in a format that fits your schedule.

Online Discussion: Practices to Boost Learning & Engagement demonstrates an invigorating approach to facilitating interaction in online, blended, flipped, and hybrid classes that goes beyond the typical Q&A structure. You’ll learn techniques you can implement immediately.

Learning Goals

By the end of the seminar, you’ll have the insights and tools you need to:

  • Employ alternative strategies to promote interaction and develop students’ online discussion skills
  • Compare and apply different discussion board formats to increase student interest and engagement
  • Identify and manage techniques to empower students as facilitators of online discussion

Topics Covered

Online discussion is a great way for students to connect and learn.

But you cant just set up a board and leave it there. Students need responses to their work to keep growing and learning. An unmonitored discussion board can lead to huge headaches and not much learning.

This means you need effective strategies to keep students on task and promote truly educational online interaction. Online Discussion: Practices to Boost Learning & Engagement shows you how to coach students toward meaningful discussion.

This focused 40-minute presentation demonstrates common coaching techniques to advance learning through online discussion. Explore feedback strategies that work, delving into:

  • What content and context have to do with feedback
  • How taking a break can improve performance
  • Who to involve in evaluating discussion board activity
  • When letting go can improve online discussion

Given the increase in online teaching, you need to make sure online discussion is genuinely promoting student engagement and helping your students reach your courses learning goals. Watch this online seminar today.


This presentation helps anyone teaching a course with an online component, especially those who have a basic or intermediate level of experience with online interaction or monitoring a discussion board. Individuals in the following positions will find it particularly useful:

  • Graduate teaching assistants
  • Lecturers
  • Adjunct faculty
  • Postdoctoral scholars
  • Assistant, associate, and full professors
  • Teaching center directors
  • Faculty development consultants


Just 40 minutes long, this online presentation is long enough to provide meaningful content and short enough to fit even the most crowded calendar.

Order Online Discussion: Practices to Boost Learning & Engagement today!

Product Code: QC15AA


Campus Access License

With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License (or Group License when ordering online), registrants are granted a license to download the program contents to a password-protected network, server, or website for additional staff use. You will receive information on downloading the contents of the program within 3-5 business days.


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