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Online Learning Consortium – Cultivating Deep Learning Using Discussion Boards (Vendor Webinar)

February 15 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm

During this webinar, we’ll begin by reflecting on why the discussion board has become a staple practice within an online learning environment and if it is anathema to suggest abandoning it altogether. We will explore several different structures and ways to classify online discussion prompts and what research suggests that some of those structures are good for and not-so-good for. For example, which types of discussion prompts are better at encouraging students to exchange ideas? Which are better at facilitating critical thinking? Which seem to be good only at generating lower levels of thinking? We will engage in conversation around ‘What makes a good discussion question?’ before identifying the characteristics that have been shown to be successful at generating engagement and pushing students to think critically. We propose three main structures for effective discussion prompts that will each be examined in greater depth.

Key Takeaways:
– Identify the characteristics of discussion board prompts that support deep learning, knowledge construction, and sustained discussion.
– Create your own discussion prompts that generate deep learning, knowledge construction, and sustained discussion.

Registration: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RtpOiLF-TgCNfNMG4tIZaQ?timezone_id=America%2FChicago