"The discussion forum plays a central role in our online graduate-level, advanced research methods course, providing opportunities for students to demonstrate knowledge and connect and learn with each other and the instructor. It is often the closest approximation of the kinds of conversations that occur in the face-to-face environment. However, the asynchronous format, along with vast differences in student age, profession, family commitments, and degree program, can negatively affect the quality of these discussions."—Source: Faculty Focus
WHY THIS MATTERS:
Class discussions are extremely important, but when courses move online, things can get difficult. This Faculty Focus article discusses tactics to boost involvement and increase communication.