Workshop: Planning Engaging Asynchronous Online Discussions

Aug 7 • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Discussion forums 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 swap ideas with other workshop participants!

Attendees will also gain access to a companion Canvas site that has additional resources.

This session is only open to Northeastern University educators. Please use your Northeastern email when registering. You cannot be enrolled in the course without Northeastern credentials.

[Workshop format: Meeting virtually via live web conferencing]

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Aug 7, 2020 | 1:00 PM

Online – Synchronous

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