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How Do I Create Questions that Stimulate Engaging Conversations in Online Discussion Boards?


For faculty who are teaching online and don’t see student engagement on the discussion boards, this Magna 20-Minute Mentor gives actionable advice on creating questions that promote critical thinking and generate meaningful discussion.


How Do I Create Questions that Stimulate Engaging Conversations in Online Discussion Boards?

An interactive online discussion has the potential to enhance student engagement, increase learning, foster satisfaction, and humanize the online learning experience. But to gain the benefits available through an online discussion, it is essential that discussions start with an engaging, thought-provoking prompt. Without a thoughtful prompt, there is simply not a reason for students to meaningfully engage.

This 20-Minute Mentor overviews strategies for writing effective discussion questions that engage students in interactive dialogue and critical inquiry. Gain perspective on formulating discussion questions that capture attention, stimulate thinking, and produce a wide range of perspectives, applications, and experiences.

Learning Goals

After viewing this Magna 20-Minute Mentor, participants will be able to:

  • Create engaging discussion questions that stimulate ongoing dialogue
  • Integrate multimedia discussion prompts
  • Identify the role and purpose of the discussion forum within an online course

Topics Covered

  • The purpose and value of an online discussion
  • Common challenges associated with online discussions
  • How to write “discussable” questions that promote critical thinking and dialogue
  • How to integrate multimedia discussion prompts


This program will benefit:

  • Faculty, including full time, adjunct, on-campus, online, and remote
  • Instructional designers who advise faculty
  • Faculty development professionals who advise faculty

Product Code: QM20DA

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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