Beyond Threaded Discussions: New Tools and Strategies for Online Courses
Susie Gronseth, Haoyue Zhang, University of Houston, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Washington, D.C., United States ISBN 978-1-939797-32-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
An integral component of online and blended courses is discussion Online discussions can be used to establish one’s social presence (both instructors and students) within an online course, and they provide a means for students to make visible their thinking on course topics (Dennen, 2008) Greater learner involvement in course discussions has been shown to correlate with higher levels of student success (Cheng et al, 2011; Dalelio, 2013; Goggins & Xing, 2016; Thomas, 2013); thus improving the quality of the online discussion experience is worthwhile and can have direct gains in learner performance Threaded discussions are often used, but there have been some concerns over engagement and value to student learning (Reisetter & Borris, 2004) This workshop will equip participants to go beyond threaded discussions and explore new tools and strategies for designing and moderating online course discussions that promote student engagement and increased social presence (Gronseth & Zhang, 2018) Attendees will engage with tools for online discussions on digital bulletin boards, group chats, and video and virtual reality (VR) and will explore how to set up and participate in discussions using these tools Strategies for instructor feedback during discussions, including recommendations for guidance, scaffolding, and evaluation, will be presented
Gronseth, S. & Zhang, H. (2018). Beyond Threaded Discussions: New Tools and Strategies for Online Courses. In E. Langran & J. Borup (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 162-164). Washington, D.C., United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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