2003 UNC Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference
March 2729, Greensboro, NC

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A Primer on the Effective Use of Threaded Discussion Forums

Orr, Robert         (828) 227-3079
      Computer Consultant
      Public Information
      Western Carolina University
First co-presenter: Smith, Newton    
Organization: Western Carolina University

Abstract (up to 200 words):
Knowing how to make effective use of threaded discussions is critical to those teaching in the e-learning arena. Active learning has at its core lively student-to-student and student-to-teacher interaction and threaded discussion forums are tools to build this interaction and are valued assets for building community among online students. Just as with classroom instruction, it is essential that instructors properly plan for the use of threaded discussions and be realistic in the expected learning outcomes for the discussion activity. This presentation provides for instructors essential background information concerning thread discussions including their history and function. The presentation with share instructional uses of discussions, the instructor's role for utilizing threaded discussions in teaching, guidelines for appropriate use, and suggestions on how to encourage student participation. Finally, next steps and additional information resources will be made available.

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Session type:
Short presentation (20 minutes)

Time slots:
C6 - Fr 1:00 - 1:45

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