Online Discussion Boards: Strategies to Ease Instructor Burden and Promote Student Learning – OLC

Solid ideas from OLC..

Online Discussion Boards: Strategies to Ease Instructor Burden and Promote Student Learning – OLC.

Abbreviated list of strategies:

  • instructor should review learning outcomes prior to the term and tailor discussion content to extend and enrich the material.
  • instructor should post the initial response to all discussion forums.
  • the instructor should create and save a series of daily discussion posts that can be cut and pasted into the forums (thoughts on the topic, links to resources, or scholarship to further engage students in the discussion).
  • the instructor should consider posting an additional prompt encouraging students.
  • YouTube videos, Ted Talks, news articles, etc. should be posted to make the discussions technologically rich.
  • narrative comments should be posted as part of assignment feedback directing students to revisit and comment on something in the discussion forum.
  • The instructor should respond to the initial post a student makes in each forum (ask a question, affirm something the student stated, redirect if the student is off-topic, or provide a link to a resource the student might enjoy).
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