March 1, 2024

Beyond the Discussion Board

Author: Ray Schroeder
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Steven Mintz, Inside Higher Ed

Participation in a discussion board is among the most common assignments in online courses. We typically ask our students to respond to a reading or a prompt and then reply to several of their classmates. Online classes need spaces where students can interact and hold discussions. Chat rooms, discussion forums and hangouts can be valuable — but only if we reimagine how they are used and how they work.

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