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Design+Teach+Engage Webinars Series

Welcome to the Design+Teach+Engage Webinar series to share and discuss best practices for designing and teaching online courses.

This webinar series is brought to you by the Division of Continuing who developed the Design+Teach+Engage Website, thanks to funding from the Educational Innovation initiative. This website is your one-stop for online course design & teaching resources, including brief best practices as well as more in-depth self-directed courses.

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Create engaging yet manageable online discussions

Online discussions have developed an undeserved reputation as a less than desirable alternative to the traditional face-to-face discussion. It is true that some online discussions fall flat and forums can feel cumbersome. However, with proper preparation, planning, and expectations, discussions can be an effective online learning activity. During this webinar, John Zumbrunnen from Political Science shared his best practices for creating engaging online discussions and managing online discussions using groups, assigning student roles, assigning points, and more.

Date: Originally presented Thursday, May 18, 2017, via Blackboard Ultra

Speaker: John Zumbrunnen, Political Science, College of Letters & Science

Moderator: Karen Skibba, Division of Continuing Studies

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Online discussions have developed an undeserved reputation as a less than desirable alternative to the traditional face-to-face discussion. It is true that some online discussions fall flat and forums can feel cumbersome. However, with proper preparation, planning, and expectations, discussions can be an effective online learning activity. During this webinar, John Zumbrunnen from Political Science shared his best practices for creating engaging online discussions and managing online discussions using groups, assigning student roles, assigning points, and more.

For a summary of best practices, you can also refer to the information and resources from the online discussion page of the Design+Teach+Engage Website. This website provides additional resources for online course design and teaching.

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