WesternU E-Learning

Online Training for Faculty and Staff
Topic Progress:

Topic Summary

While discussions provide avenues for exploration and discovery, leading a discussion can be anxiety-producing: discussions are, by their nature, unpredictable, and require us as instructors to surrender a certain degree of control over the flow of information. Fortunately, careful planning can help us ensure that discussions are lively without being chaotic and exploratory without losing focus. When planning a discussion, it is helpful to consider not only cognitive, but also social/emotional, and physical factors that can either foster or inhibit the productive exchange of ideas. (Carnegie Mellon University)

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • List multiple examples of class discussion strategies.
  • Demonstrate how to continue on going forum motivation.
  • Design an online class discussion.