Introduction

Discussions are a key element in many ERAU-W courses that give students the opportunity to interact with each other and the course content. As an online instructor, it is your role to determine the flow of the conversation.

Here are some tips on how to manage discussions in your course and encourage positive student interactions:

Establish Rules:

  • Establish rules and guidelines to help create a space where students feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas to a discussion.
  • Explain and establish your netiquette expectations.
  • Consider providing students with maximum and minimum word counts for discussions.
  • Give specifics regarding what you are looking for regarding citing resources and details on how you grade participation.

Avoid Close-Ended Questions:

  • Encourage students to dig deeper and think more about the content.

Ask for follow-up or Probing Questions:

  • Follow-up questions allow you to extend the discussion and give students the opportunity to analyze the question and delve deeper.

Connect Students to other Students

  • Follow-up questions allow you to extend the discussion and give students the opportunity to analyze the question and delve deeper.

Relate Content to Personal Experiences:

  • Relate what you are teaching to real-world and personal experience.
  • You are the subject matter expert! The experiences you share will help students become more engaged and help further establish your online presence.
  • Encourage your students to share their personal and professional experiences. Making these connections enables students to apply the course content in all aspects of their lives.

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The mission of the Rothwell Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence is to empower faculty members in their pursuit of professional growth through diverse offerings for the universal goal of student success.

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iTeachER (6)
Information about the initial faculty development (iTeachER) course experience, which is required for all new ERAU-W prior to teaching their first course. Enrollment in iTeachER occurs sixty days before the term start of your first online course and is conducted entirely online.

Self-Paced Workshops (1)
Self-paced workshops are available to all ERAU-W faculty and take 2-4 hours to complete. Each workshop focuses on specific topics in teaching and technology.

Virtual Faculty Learning Community (V-FLC) (1)
Each spring and fall, we coordinate collaborative asynchronous experiences for ERAU-W faculty. These V-FLC experiences span multiple weeks, include weekly resources, and engaging discussions around a specific teaching topic.