Transitioning Teaching Online – Discussion forums: Keeping the conversation going throughout trimester


APR, 2020
Digital Learning
Teaching & Learning

Learning Innovations
Getting Started

Discussion forums are important avenues for connection and learning, even more so this trimester when many students are studying online for the first time. The key to active discussion forums is ensuring that students benefit from their engagement with the discussions, clarifying and deepening their understanding and engaging with different ideas and perspectives.

We’ve previously shared tips for getting the discussion started in the first few weeks but how do you progress and extend the discussion as trimester progresses? And how do you avoid the discussion dropping off as students become more comfortable with how the unit is structured and get busy with other tasks?

In this guide we share some strategies for extending learning conversations and keeping discussion forums active and vibrant learning spaces as trimester progresses.

For tips on managing a team of discussion forum facilitators please see our guide on coordinating responses: a team approach to facilitating online discussion forums.

For more information and updates please refer to the Transitioning Teaching Online homepage here.

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