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Designing Effective Discussion Forums

June 23, 2022 at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM


Lead Facilitator: Alaba Agbatogun 

Co-facilitators: Timothy Browne, Andrea Gorra, Chloe Jones, Tracy Hodgson-Drysdale

Several higher institutions across the globe including Carleton University are implementing a combination of online, hybrid, and in-person instructional offerings. Discussions are a powerful tool for promoting active learning, negotiation of meaning, and a productive learning community. It is thus imperative for faculty and instructors to urgently consider, learn, and understand how students should engage in discussions effectively. To some instructors and faculty, striking up a successful online discussion can feel like something of alchemy. Still, this session would provide meaningful planning and facilitation strategies to help you implement student-oriented online discussions into your course. 

At the end of this session, participants will be able to: 

  • Discuss pedagogical benefits of online discussions 
  • Analyze strategies for facilitating and sustaining participation in online discussions
  • Identify the best practices for creating discussion questions
  • Recognize active-learning-oriented discussion strategies 

So, if you’re looking for tips on how to improve your next course, this session has some great information and tips that would enable or challenge the social construction of knowledge and promote the learning community in your course.

Space is limited. Please register in advance by filling out the form below.