DiscussionConstructing Quality Questions for Discussion

Discussion forums are one way that students in online classes can collaborate and interact. Research has shown collaborative learning to be very beneficial. “Collaborative efforts help learners achieve a deeper level of knowledge generation while moving from independence to interdependence” (Palloff & Pratt, 2007, p. 157). Because online discussion is asynchronous and students are managing time and space differences, making these forums beneficial becomes a real challenge.

It has been shown that “students tend to judge the quality of distance education based on their perceived interaction in the distance education course” (Song & McNary, 2011, p. 1). Because of the importance of this type of interaction and its place in effective learning, development of quality discussions forums is essential (Song & McNary, 2011). Review the resource by Horton and formulate a response to the following questions:

  • What are the necessary items that need to be supplied to learners on all discussion forums? Please include how the items should be designed and what criterion should the learner expect to adhere to in initial posts and subsequent responses.
  • What are rules and suggestions for the moderator of a discussion? Include suggestions on keeping the conversation lively without dominating.

Book Excerpt: E-Learning by Design

(Horton, W., Designing for the Virtural Classroom, E-Learning by Design). Copyright 2006 John Wiley & Sons. Inc. Used with permission from John Wiley & Sons, Inc. via the Copyright Clearance Center.

Post: Post your initial response by Wednesday of this week. Please include at least one reference from the assigned course work and one additional reference from individual research.

Respond: Respond to at least two of your peer’s posts by Saturday, you can either do this by:

  • Asking a question
  • Expanding their thoughts
  • Posting a contrary view
  • Use a personal experience in support of the point the peer developed
  • Others

Reply: Reply to posts to your initial response by Sunday of this week.

References

Palloff, R., & Pratt, K. (2007). Building online communities: Effective strategies for the virtual classroom. San Francisco, CA: Jossey –Bass.

Song, L., & McNary, S. W. (2011). Understanding students’ online interaction: Analysis of discussion board postings. Journal of Interactive Online Learning (10)1, 1-14.

Discussion Posts will be scored according to the following rubric

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