The information presented in this brief unit is far from exhaustive. Entire courses are devoted to teaching with online discussions. The best way to learn how to use online discussions is to use them. Begin with the steps and suggestions in this unit, but take time as you are teaching online to reflect on how well discussions are working for you. Any course, whether it is online, hybrid, or face-to-face is a work in progress. Don't be afraid to experiment and revise. And . . . don't forget to get input from your students!
You Try it!
Create a good discussion question that will encourage critical thinking and interactivity. Share your question in the discussion forum in this course. You will find additional directions and details in the forum description.