Unit 2: Constructing Online Discussion Activities

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Pin.gifTarget objectives for Unit 2:

Upon completion of this unit, participants will:

1. Understand design principles, strategies, and best practices to consider in the development of discussion activities.

2. Review technologies used in distance learning to create discussion activities.


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1. Group Discussion Activity 1:

For this Unit, we are dividing into four groups of six. Each group is assigned an article/web site to discuss in depth. After one week, post a synthesis response to the whole-class discussion in Angel. Please focus your discussions on design principles, strategies, and best practices to consider in the development of your own course discussion activities.

  • Group 1: Taking Discussion Online [1].
  • Group 2: Generating and Facilitating Engaging and Effective Online Discussions, Blackboard 6.0. [2].
  • Group 3: Crafting Questions for Online Discussions, Penn State University: [3]
  • Group 4: Reiss, D. et al. (1996) Ten Tips for Generating Engaged Online Discussions: Electronic Communication Across the Curriculum (ECAC). [4].

2. Group Discussion Activity 2:

Maintaining the same groups assigned in the assignment above, research the technologies used in distance learning to create discussion activities. Provide the class with an example of the technology you have chosen, and an example of how you will implement it.

Visit these web sites for more information about synchronous and asynchronous tools: [5] [6]


Pin.gif Unit 2 E-Lecture Constructing Online Discussion Activities


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Pin.gifReflection Activity:

1. Considering the two GROUP activities that took place during this unit, and going back to Unit 1, identify ways in which our learning community is developing in the smaller groups. Post your reflection journal to the Angel course page. Now, considering the class discussions on design principles, strategies, and best practices in creating your discussion activities, what technologies will you employ in your course? Why? Post your reflection journal to the Angel course page.


Let's move on to Unit 3: Assessment and Evaluation.


Arr.GIF Join the Discussion Forum for workshop participants: User talk:Anne Canale Stalnecker


Arr.GIF Facilitating Effective Online Discourse Home Page

Arr.GIF Unit 1: The Learning Community and Online Discussions

Arr.GIF Unit 2: Constructing Online Discussion Activities

Arr.GIF Unit 3: Assessment and Evaluation

Arr.GIF References and Resources