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Best Practices In Discussion Forums

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Best Practices In Discussion Forums

  1. 1. Best Practices in Discussion Forums<br />By Crystal Mosley<br />
  2. 2. A discussion forum is an online location where students and instructors…<br />
  3. 3. TALK<br />
  4. 4. SHARE IDEAS<br />
  5. 5. INQUIRE<br />
  6. 6. REFLECT<br />
  7. 7. THINK CRITICALLY<br />
  8. 8. and<br />LEARN <br />
  9. 9. Discussion Forum Objectives<br />
  10. 10. Discussion forums are…<br />
  11. 11. SYNCHRONOUS<br />
  12. 12. or<br />ASYNCHRONOUS<br />
  13. 13. Discussion Forum Design<br />Synchronous<br />Asynchronous<br /> Work Together Same Time <br /> Different Location Common Goal<br /> 24/7 <br /> anytime, anywhere<br />
  14. 14. Online Discussion Forums are LEARNING COMMUNITIES<br />because students…<br />
  15. 15. INTERACT<br />
  16. 16. PARTICIPATE<br />
  17. 17. and <br />AQUIRE INFORMATION<br />
  18. 18. Learning Communities<br />
  19. 19. Discussion forums are most beneficial when students are PREPARED by effectively using…<br />
  20. 20. TECHNOLOGY<br />
  21. 21. MATERIALS<br />
  22. 22. TIME<br />
  23. 23. Preparating for Discussions<br />
  24. 24. Students must have decorum in the discussion forum which means…<br />
  25. 25. use correct GRAMMAR<br />
  26. 26. use correct word SPELLINGS<br />
  27. 27. be <br />PROFESSIONAL<br />
  28. 28. use <br />APA FORM<br />
  29. 29. AVOID USING SARCASM and SLANG<br />
  30. 30. AVOID USING BOLDFONT and ALL CAPS<br />
  31. 31. NO PROFANITY<br />
  32. 32. Forum Decorum<br />
  33. 33. Effective discussion forums can enhance learning outcomes via…<br />
  34. 34. COLLABORATION<br />
  35. 35. ANALYSIS <br />
  36. 36. DIVERSITY<br />
  37. 37. and <br />SYNTHESIS<br />
  38. 38. Discussion Forum Benef ts<br />
  39. 39. Are you using best practices in your online discussion forum???<br />
  40. 40. Discussion Forum Best Practices Checklist<br /><ul><li>Communicate effectively
  41. 41. Asynchronous design
  42. 42. Appropriate technology available
  43. 43. Use materials
  44. 44. Manage time
  45. 45. Use appropriate language
  46. 46. Avoid expressing negative attitudes
  47. 47. Log on regularly
  48. 48. Post frequently
  49. 49. Give feedback</li></li></ul><li>References<br />Anderson, T. (Ed.). (2008). The theory and practice of online learning (2nd ed.). Edmonton, AB: Athabasca University Press.<br />Dengler, M. (2008). Classroom active learning complemented by an online discussion forum to teach sustainability. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 32(3), 481–494.<br />Fei-Ching, C. & Wang, T. (2009). Social conversation and effective discussion in online group learning. Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 587-612. doi: 10.1007/s11423-009-9121-<br />Hamann, K., Pollock, P., & Wilson, B. (2009). Learning from ‘‘Listening’’ to peers in online political science classes. Journal of Political Science Education, 5, 1–11. doi: 10.1080/1551216080261201 <br />
  50. 50. References continued…<br />KyeongjuSeo, K. (2007). Utilizing peer moderating in online discussions: Addressing the controversy between teacher moderation and nonmoderation, The American Journal of Distance Education, 21(1), 21–36.<br />Ligorio, M. & Meijdent, H. (2008) Teacher guidelines for cross-national virtual communities in primary education. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 24, 11–25. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2729.2007.00240.x<br />Maurino, P. (2007). Looking for crictical thinking in online threaded discussions. Educational technology Systems, 35(3) 241-260.<br /> <br />
  51. 51. References continued…<br />Pisutova-Gerber, K. & Malovicova, J. (2009).Critical and higher order Tthinking in online threaded discussions in the Slovak context. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 10(1). <br />Staarman, J. (2009). The joint negotiation of ground rules: establishing a shared collaborative practice with new educational technology. Language and Education, 23(1), 79–95. doi: 10.1080/09500780802152796<br />McLoughlin, D. & Mynard, J. (2009). An analysis of higher order thinking in online discussions. Innovations in Education and Teaching International,46(2), 147–160. DOI: 10.1080/14703290902843778<br />

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