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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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