Discussing Content with Your Classmates
In this unit, you’ll explore how the discussion of content enhances learning. Like face to face discussions, online discussions can help you gain insight and understanding of the content you are learning by personalizing it to your individual situations. Guided questions help focus your thoughts on the learning goals while reading the thoughts others have posted on those same questions help you gain perspective. As you discuss your opinions and understanding of content, you deepen your ability to apply it to your own situation. Applied learning occurs because the content is connected to your own situation and needs. The richness of the discussion allows you to tailor your learning to meet your personal needs for the content. Application of ideas makes them relevant. As you participate in this unit, think about the power of discussion to you’re your learning relevant to you and your situation.
After completing this unit, you will be able to:
Read over Discussion Based Learning from Brigham Young University to get a summary of how discussion based learning works to enhance engagement in learning and teaching.
Watch the video, OTD-Online Threaded Discussion on You Tube.
Links For your convenience, the web addresses for the links in the readings and Activities Sections are provided below.
Discussion-Based Learning http://www.byui.edu/Documents/instructional_development/Instructional%20Tools%20Page%20PDFs/Discussion-based%20Learning.pdf
OTD-Online Threaded Discussions https://youtu.be/nC14U7G_qEU
Building Online Learning Communities: Making Discussion-Based Learning Vibrant and Engaging (1 of 2) https://youtu.be/6t6aZtT2O7o
Mastering Online Discussion Board Facilitation https://www.edutopia.org/pdfs/stw/edutopia-onlinelearning-mastering-online-discussion-board-facilitation.pdf
Explore the white paper Mastering Online Discussion Board Facilitation to see what is involved in well run online discussions.The paper is also available in the Course Resources Folder.
Using Threaded Discussions
Go to the Discussion Forum for this unit.
- How does developing a substantive answer to a discussion starter help you learn?
- How can responding to others add richness to your understanding of the content you are learning?
- What discussion strategies do you find most engaging? How do they engage learners to participate in discussions?
Return to the Discussion Forum throughout the unit and respond to at least two of your classmates. Enhance and extend the discussion with ideas and examples from the readings and videos, along with any personal experiences you can connect to the concepts being discussed. Use evidence to enrich your ideas.