Online discussions provide some unique benefits. Because students can take time to ponder before posting ideas, you may see more thoughtful conversations play out. You can observe as students demonstrate their grasp of the material and correct misconceptions. You can extend your office hours by reaching students more often during the week so learning is continuous.
Building a sense of community among students is crucial for a successful online experience. With the discussion board tool, course members can replicate the robust discussions that take place in the traditional classroom.
Discussions can serve a range of purposes:
After you determine what you need, you can create asynchronous interactions occurring over extended periods of time. This allows for more flexibility, as well as reflective communication.
Asynchronous communication offers convenience and flexibility to all participants, including the following benefits:
For smaller course groups, you can also offer the group discussion board tool, available only to the members of the group.
Your institution controls whether this tool is available.