Designing Online Discussions Students Won’t Hate: Best Practice in Action
Abstract: Online discussions can be frustrating to participate in, difficult to manage, and challenging to create and facilitate. However, they also offer the potential to engage students in new, different, and meaningful ways. Effective online discussions can increase academic performance (Galikyan & Admiraal, 2019) under specific learning conditions including building a sense of community and fostering student engagement (Andresen, 2009; Covelli, 2017). Through a constructivist lens on online learning, this best practice session will focus on practical and engaging strategies to foster discussions in online learning environments. The session will be formatted as an interactive guided exploration, in which participants will have the opportunity to engage with and discuss specific examples of how to design, structure, facilitate, and assess online discussions. It will include online discussion strategies such as creative content synthesis, reverse case studies, unfolding case studies, jigsaw, peer review, reverse discussions, debate, and Shark Tank. Participants will be provided with a ready-made toolkit that they can use immediately and adapt and expand upon in their own practice.
Presider: Julie Marsh