Cultivating community—prompting online discussions

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In a previous blog post I wrote about the educator’s online presence in discussion forums. This blog entry focuses on writing discussion prompts that cultivate distance learning students’ active learning. Active learning depends on students being both socially and cognitively present, so it’s important to develop an array of prompts… Read moreCultivating community—prompting online discussions

Cultivating community through online discussions

When teaching an online course, the discussion forum is often your primary connection with learners. Thoughtfully and actively managing the discussion forums can elevate the level of course conversations. Unlike the casual comments that might get tossed off in the classroom, students whose comments are evaluated in a forum are… Read moreCultivating community through online discussions