20-Minute Mentors

How Can I Use AI to Create Engaging Discussion Boards?

Learn how to use generative AI to create engaging online discussion boards that foster critical thinking, application of learning, and vibrant student interaction.


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How Can I Use AI to Create Engaging Discussion Boards?

Many educators find student responses to online discussion boards uninspired and generic. It’s no secret that engaging students consistently and effectively is one of the toughest challenges of online teaching. However, online discussion boards can be a constant source of engagement if used effectively.

In this Magna 20-Minute Mentor, presenters Christa Sandidge, PhD, and Bethany Schultz, PhD will provide several key strategies for creating engaging discussion board activities using generative AI, focusing on:

  • Case studies
  • Debates
  • Reflective journals

By leveraging AI resources, educators can foster deeper understanding, encourage students to apply their learning, and create a vibrant online community where students feel motivated to share their experiences. Take 20 minutes and gain the tested tools and knowledge to overcome student disengagement and start crafting engaging and dynamic online discussion boards!

Learning Goals

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

  • Add purpose and choice to discussion boards to make them more engaging for students
  • Demonstrate how sharing experiences on discussion boards can enhance learning
  • Implement AI-generated case studies to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios
  • Examine the role of debates and AI-generated outputs in deepening student understanding
  • Use reflective journals to promote transparency and share learning tools/resources
  • Understand best practices of using AI to design discussion board activities
  • Review and refine AI-generated content to ensure it meets specific learning criteria

Topics Covered

  • Creating engaging discussion boards by adding a purpose statement and student choice
  • Using generative AI to design discussion boards, including case studies, debates, and reflective journals
  • Recommendations for how to use prompt engineering
  • Reviewing AI generated content


This program will benefit:

  • Faculty teaching online
  • Instructional Designers
  • Faculty Developers


Product Code: PM24SA

Campus Access License

With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License, 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 after payment has been received by Magna.

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