Enhancing Discussions in the Asynchronous Online Classroom: The Lack of Face-to-Face Interaction Does Not Lessen the Lesson

This is an article that was shared in a teaching conference I am attending. I’ve copy and pasted the abstract below.

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1052562912442384

This article addresses educators’ concerns about using asynchronous online
discussions in lieu of face-to-face discussions. Drawing from research on asynchronous online education and Bloom’s taxonomy, the authors introduce the
system of “original examples” and “value-added comments” that they have
developed to promote engaging and meaningful discussions in which students
learn course material from one another. The authors describe how to integrate this system into an online course and provide guidelines for instructor
facilitation. They offer evidence that online asynchronous discussions facilitate students’ learning and may be more inclusive than face-to-face discussions for some students. Finally, the authors share their observations and suggestions for implementation.

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