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Asynchronous Online Discussions: What Works. Dorothy Fuller Black Hills State University. Why do you use online discussions?. Most Common Goals. Establish a social presence Foster critical thinking Support group work Monitor participation in assigned readings Keep track of attendance.

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Asynchronous Online Discussions: What Works

Dorothy Fuller

Black Hills State University



Most common goals
Most Common Goals

  • Establish a social presence

  • Foster critical thinking

  • Support group work

  • Monitor participation in assigned readings

  • Keep track of attendance



Greatest disappointments
Greatest Disappointments

  • Evaluation & feedback very time-consuming

  • Participants post, but don’t discuss

  • Too many messages, too little substance

  • Messages are off topic or dissolve into informal chats

  • Everyone waits until the last hours to post



Some solutions
Some Solutions

  • Know what you want to accomplish

  • Make grade values reflect importance relative to other course activities

  • Clarify goals and protocols with participants

  • Provide examples of high, basic and unacceptable quality postings

  • Provide recommended structure and responsibilities for group work



Contact information
Contact Information

Dr. Dorothy Fuller

Black Hills State University

Spearfish, SD 57783

[email protected]


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