Hawai`iCC Instructional Technology Support Office (ITSO)

Strategies for Creating Effective Online Discussion Activities

[A Faculty Workshop to enhance your online teaching]

One oft-cited reason students drop out of online courses is feeling of isolation and disconnectedness (Xu & Jaggars, 2011). Regular online discussions can help build learning community and enhance learning, in addition to satisfying the federal requirement of a DE course to demonstrate regular and substantive student-instructor and student-student interaction (Section 600.2 of the Code of Federal Regulations).

Additional benefits of well-designed and carefully-implemented online discussion activities include facilitating learning by engaging in thoughtful exchange of ideas, and developing writing and thinking skills while allowing equal participation opportunities to all students. (Kelly, 2009)

How are you using online discussion tools in your "classroom?" Please join us as we take a closer look at best practices in designing and moderating online discussions and look at ways to set up online discussions (including small group discussions) in Laulima.

East Hawaii
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 @ 2 pm-3:30 pm
Upper Campus, 346-134

West Hawaii
Thursday, February 13, 2014 @ 11 am-12:30 pm
UHCWH Computer Lab


This workshop is recommended for all instructors currently teaching online, planning to teach online, or wanting to enhance face-to-face instruction with online discussions.


Kelly, R. (2009, November 20). Questioning Styles for More Effective Discussion Boards. Retrieved from Faculty Focus: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/asynchronous...

Xu, D., Jaggars, S. (2011). Online and Hybrid Course Enrollment and Performance in Washington State Community and Technical Colleges. Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University.

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