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Establish the Ground Rules for Good Discussions

Before a discussion begins, you should communicate procedures and expectations for participation. Some expectations can be communicated in the description of each discussion assignment. Others should be shared through course policies and the course syllabus. You can also give examples of exemplary responses to help students know what you expect.

Important points that you should communicate to your students include:  

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Continue to the next page for considerations on creating a good discussion question.