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Strategies for successful online discussions

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  1. 1. Forums Phil Stubbs
  2. 2. Purpose and Planning <ul><li>Be clear about purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Online and offline relevance </li></ul><ul><li>Backward by design </li></ul><ul><li>Low level prompts get low level responses </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t look for answers to questions </li></ul><ul><li>Make it personal </li></ul>
  3. 3. New Literacies / pedagogies <ul><li>Relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Participation </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Collective intelligences </li></ul><ul><li>Meaning is negotiated rather than presented </li></ul>
  4. 4. Assume nothing <ul><li>Teach students to have quality conversations </li></ul><ul><li>Use of forums has to be taught </li></ul><ul><li>Use rubrics </li></ul><ul><li>Review forums as a class activity </li></ul><ul><li>Make use of writing frames </li></ul><ul><li>Break forums into topics –thinking journeys </li></ul><ul><li>Model the process – be seen to be in the room </li></ul><ul><li>Provide examples of quality posts </li></ul>
  5. 5. Success strategies <ul><li>Short is sweet </li></ul><ul><li>Set clear expectations re: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Participation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>frequency and timing of contributions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality and appropriateness of written response </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Respect </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Appropriate responses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All posts must add value </li></ul><ul><li>Make your presence felt- be in the room. </li></ul>