Effective Online
Threaded Discussions
         The pros, cons, and strategies



                 by Dr. Kelly Edmonds
   respond to a comment, idea, or question
   discuss an issue
   discuss a process
   brainstorm
   review literatur...
   Pros of Online Threaded Discussions
    ◦   everyone has a chance to post, share their voice
    ◦   asynchronous and ...
   moderating

              small group
               discussions

              themes



Solutions and Strategies f...
   What is your philosophy on teaching and learning?
    ◦ This will affect how you use discussions as a learning
      a...
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Pros and Cons of Online Threaded Discussions

  1. 1. Effective Online Threaded Discussions The pros, cons, and strategies by Dr. Kelly Edmonds
  2. 2.  respond to a comment, idea, or question  discuss an issue  discuss a process  brainstorm  review literature  reflect on an experience Some Uses of Threaded Discussions
  3. 3.  Pros of Online Threaded Discussions ◦ everyone has a chance to post, share their voice ◦ asynchronous and flexible timing ◦ think before posting ◦ in-depth (and assessable) discussion ◦ review and reflect  Cons of Online Threaded Discussions ◦ redundant posts ◦ dominant posters ◦ overwhelming number of posts Pros and Cons
  4. 4.  moderating  small group discussions  themes Solutions and Strategies for Effective Online Threaded Discussions
  5. 5.  What is your philosophy on teaching and learning? ◦ This will affect how you use discussions as a learning activity.  What is your perception of moderated discussions? ◦ Can they intimidate students? Are they biased and leading? Or just good leadership?  Did you know that not all students enjoy working in groups? ◦ Though a favoured activity in the constructivist and socialists world, not so with all students. Other concerns and issues to think about....
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