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Instruction By Design: Discussing Discussion Boards

Instruction by Design Podcast

In this episode, the instructional designers from Academic Innovation (Jinnette Senecal, Celia Coochwytewa, Aaron Kraft, and Steven Crawford) reflect on the purpose and role of asynchronous online discussion activities, discuss how to develop an effective discussion prompt/question in alignment with course objectives, and describe at least one strategy for maximizing the administrative efficiency of online discussions.

Resources from the episode:

  • San Millan Maurino, P., Federman, F., & Greenwald, L. (2007). Online threaded discussions: Purposes, goals, and objectives. Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 36(2), 129-143. doi:10.2190/ET.36.2.b
  • Thomas, J. (2013). Exploring the use of asynchronous online discussion in health care education: A literature review. Computers & Education, 69, 199-215.
  • Paff, L. (2015). Coaching Strategies to Enhance Online Discussions. Faculty Focus
  • Hall, B. M. (2015). You’re Asking the Wrong Question. Faculty Focus

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