Engaging Learners in Online Discussion Through Blackboard Forums

Apr 1 • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Discussion forums within Blackboard can help learners actively process key course ideas and increase the sense of community. Learners contribute to a discussion over the course of several days, posting their thoughts. This approach, sometimes referred to as asynchronous learning, works especially well in situations where learners have low bandwidth and are accessing the course from a range of time zones.

Four dimensions are essential to the success of an online discussion: purpose in relation to the course, student engagement, guided conversation, and substantial value. In this workshop we will explore the four dimensions and provide concrete examples of discussion formats across a range of disciplines. In addition to learning how to plan and facilitate discussion activities, you will have an opportunity to share information about your teaching scenario and ideas! Attendees will also gain access to a companion site in Blackboard that has additional resources.

This session is open to Northeastern University educators who are interested in learning more about online teaching.

Please use your Northeastern email when registering. You cannot be enrolled in the course without Northeastern credentials.

[Session format: Meeting virtually via live web conferencing]


Apr 1, 2020 | 3:00 PM


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