Discussions are a type of active learning that allows students to work through skills and concepts from course content by formulating ideas in their own words. Guiding questions can encourage higher-order levels of thinking that can result in deeper richer discussions with their peers and the instructor. Discussions can occur asynchronously or synchronously so that learners can clarify understanding, organize their ideas, debate topics, and practice skills.
Asynchronous guided questions posted on the Canvas Discussion Forum is a fantastic way for diverse, shy, or ESL students to build voice and confidents prior to in-class discussions.
- Effective Discussion Prompts for Online Discussion Board (4:31 video)
- 10 Tips for Effective Online Discussions (Educause article)
- Discussion Prompts, Center for Distributed Learning, University of Central Florida