Facilitating the discussion forum workshop

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Presented to Greenville College MSMP Faculty on February 4, 2012, Greenville, IL.

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  • Facilitating the discussion forum workshop

    1. 1. Enhancing your teaching effectiveness in a hybrid programFACILITATING THE DISCUSSION FORUM Greenville College MSMP Faculty Workshop February 4, 2012
    2. 2. FLIPPED CLASSROOM VIDEO
    3. 3. FLIPPED CLASSROOM VIDEO Did you watch it before you came to class? Why? What are your thoughts? What questions did it raise in your mind? Is this an option that you might use in a hybrid classroom? Face to Face? Online? Why? Is this approach suitable for adult learners? Why or why not?
    4. 4. THE FIRST WEEK Trust must be established. Be clear about expectations. Model what you want students to do.  Characteristics  Behavior
    5. 5. ADVANTAGES TO ONLINE DISCUSSIONS Students in research studies have reported:  Online discussions can be more reflective.  Introverted or students who perceive themselves as “different” usually feel more comfortable in an online setting.  Everyone’s voice is heard.  There is a record of the discussion.
    6. 6. ACTIVE LEARNING & TEACHING THROUGHDISCUSSION FORUMS Learning is about catching the concept Active Learning includes:  Concise postings  Dialogue  Reflection  Netiquette  Discussions connected to lived experiences  Setting up discussions with good discussion starters  Continuing discussions with solid questions and TEACHING
    7. 7. IMPROVING YOUR STUDENTS THINKING SKILLS Create a safe, trusted environment. Use Inquiry format in a community of practice. Provide focus for students to keep to a particular point or concept. Pose higher-order thinking skills to encourage thinking processes. Start where student is (Jesus’ model of teaching).  Help student grow by asking questions.
    8. 8. PRACTICE Open discussion Structured topic discussion  Point/Counterpoint # of words Collaborative Task Discussion
    9. 9. GUIDED DISCUSSION How do you guide the discussion forums?  Sentence Openers  Refocus Questions  Clarifying Questions  Verifying Questions  Narrow Focus Questions  Supporting Questions
    10. 10. DIVERSITY Cultural  Race Age  Personality Gender  Geography
    11. 11. PRACTICE Re write one of the following discussion forum questions:  In your family, describe how the mother and father are treated differently by the children.  This is an interesting discussion. You shy people need to weigh in now.  What did you learn about systems management from watching American Idol last night?  What do the non-Christian’s in our group think of Christopher Stone’s essay on Generation X?
    12. 12. BEST PRACTICES Understand your learners.  Adult learners come with specific challenges Use the advantage of asynchronous learning activities. Use solid andragogical learning practices. Promote active learning. Establish strong trust. Be respectful. Be a guide in all learning. Keep learning yourself.

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