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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

Asynchronous Online Discussions: What Works

Dorothy Fuller

Black Hills State University


Asynchronous online discussions what works

Why do you use online discussions?


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


Asynchronous online discussions what works

What are you biggest problems with online discussions?


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


Asynchronous online discussions what works

What are your secret weapons?


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


Asynchronous online discussions what works

Please visit my Poster Session to continue our discussion


Contact information

Contact Information

Dr. Dorothy Fuller

Black Hills State University

Spearfish, SD 57783

[email protected]


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