21 Ways to Structure an Online Discussion, Part Five | Online Course Delivery and Instruction - Faculty Focus

Online Discussion Ideas – Multimedia and Resources by Dr. Annie Prud’homme-Généreux, director of continuing studies at Capilano University.

*This is the last of our five-part series. 

The past four articles in this series have suggested 21 ideas for structuring an online discussion. These proposals addressed learner suggestions that online discussions should encourage unique (and non-repetitive) contributions that foster community and engagement (Schultz et al., 2020).

One last point worth making about online discussions is that these conversations can be conducted using a variety of media. While text is the most readily available format in most Learning Management Systems (LMS), it is not the only way to do it. In fact, the more a discussion is media-rich, the more learners can absorb cues about the intent of the author of a post (the way in which the thoughts are expressed), which results in learners getting to know one another as people and builds community.

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