Facilitating Your Online Discussion


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Discussions encourage students to interact with and learn from one another, but they are also a key point of contact with the course instructor---i.e., you. So be an active participant in every discussion topic and don’t leave students entirely to their own devices! This does not mean that you need to respond to every comment that students make, but you should make 1-3 substantive posts in the active discussion every weekday.

Here are some suggestions to help you effectively facilitate your online discussion.

Our example of Sample Participation Guidelines also includes many more ideas about how to participate in discussions (see “How to Participate”). Although these suggestions are aimed at students, instructors should find them useful, as well.

More Tips for Managing Your Class Discussion

Here are some additional suggestions for making your class discussion an effective part of your teaching: