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Thursday, April 15, 2021

21 Ways to Structure an Online Discussion, Part Three | Online Student Engagement - Faculty Focus

Seven Online Discussion Ideas to Explore Concepts through Convergent Thinking, explains Dr. Annie Prud’homme-Généreux, director of continuing studies at Capilano University. 

*This is a five-part series. Each Monday, we will be publishing the next consecutive part of the article series.

In this five-part article series, we look at ideas for structuring an online discussion. These inspirations were chosen because they address concerns that discussion forums need to give learners options in the way they participate, in the way they give each learner the opportunity to contribute something unique that is worth reading (i.e. the responses are not repetitive), and learners have an opportunity to express themselves and form communities (Schultz et al., 2020).

In the first article, we looked at ideas for structuring an online discussion that can help learners apply concepts. In the second article, we surveyed structures that can help learners explore concepts through divergent thinking, opening up new ideas and possibilities. In this third article, we will explore structures to help learners explore concepts when the goal is convergent thinking, so each learner gains a deeper, richer understanding of a concept and aligns with a common understanding.

In this article, the ideas for structuring an online discussion when the goal is for learners to explore a concept through convergent thinking are:...

In the next article in this series, we will explore ways to structure an online discussion that favor reflection and metacognition.

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Source: Faculty Focus