Category: Discussions

Why, when, and how to use Discussion Forums effectively within the LMS.

Group Work in Asynchronous Classes

Group Work in an Asynchronous Class Asynchronous classes can have successful group work activities by explaining the procedures in several places at several times. In the syllabus module of the class, create a page that describes the structure and sequence of the work flow. Inform them of how many groups of how many people there will be. How the groups… Read more →

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VoiceThread, Relay Conversations and Canvas Discussions with Video: What Makes Them Different?

If you have been following Online Learning Services over the course of the year, you may have noticed the variety of tools we provide for online discussion. It is understandable that you might be confused about what each one does. Here is a handy summary of each tool and in what teaching context it can shine: VoiceThread VoiceThread is a… Read more →

The Opportunity Matters – Social Presence in an Online Environment

One area in which we receive a lot of questions by instructors-to-be of fully online and hybrid courses is about communication in online courses. How much should you communicate? What will students expect? How often should I log into my course? These are great questions! When we’re thinking about instructional design, we call this “social presence”. It’s part of a… Read more →

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Visualizing Your Students’ Learning, Online

How do we know that students “got it”? What lets us know that they understand the material, or that our assignments were focused on the learning objective in question? In the physical classroom, discussion, questions, and even non-verbal cues can let us know more about where the students are within a given set of material or objectives. But online, we… Read more →