There are many types of interaction online and discussion is a particular form where students are asked to engage with each other around a particular topic or question. In most cases, the interaction does not just happen. Rather, questions need to be deliberately structured and students need to be directed on how and when to participate. Here are ideas on how to accomplish this.
- Strategies for participating in online conferences and discussions by GW Associate Professor Natalie Milman (2008), Distance Learning, 5(2), 92-95.
- How to use discussions in skills-based courses by Roger Gee (2009).
- Asynchronous or synchronous discussion? Teaching Online: A Practical Guide by Susan Ko and Steve Rossen (pp. 320-328).
Tips for Discussion Success
Five Tips for Interaction Success