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The Instructor's Role in Online Discussions

By Michelle Everson / February 2011

TYPE: OPINION, OPINION
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  • Fri, 20 May 2011
    Post by Patrick Donohue

    We've seen great success (ref. @CTuckerEnglish), with the reverse order too: inclass discussions are enhanced by the results of the online discussion. This is our own version of the flipped classroom.

    I am affiliated with Collaborize Classroom. It's a free tool and so any feedback you have for us would be super helpful.

  • Sat, 26 Feb 2011
    Post by Michelle Everson

    Thank you for your comment, Nitin. I have not yet taught a blended course. I generally just teach fully online courses or traditional face-to-face courses. This summer, however, I'll teach my first blended course, and I like the idea of using discussion to reinforce (or more deeply probe) some of what is discussed in a face-to-face environment.

  • Thu, 17 Feb 2011
    Post by Nitin Dvivedi

    Great article about Instructor role in online discussions. It confirms my approach to teaching Blended undergraduate and graduate level class.I find that probing my students in online discussion allows me to reinforce some of the concept we discuss in our class (blended. In my Graduate level Statistics class, I often ask application questions, clarification questions and how to questions. During week, I often provide multiple topics. Online Discussions and Perceived Learning study by Wu and Hiltz (2003) indicates that online discussion improved students perceived learning in the Blended Learning mode. I conducted brief survey using survey instrument described in Wus article and found similar results.