Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Angelo State University

Asynchronous discussion provides a unique and effective vehicle for learning in the online classroom. Online discussion can provide students with a venue to express ideas, critically analyze information, apply course concepts, interact with classmates and faculty, construct or co-construct knowledge and reflect on attitudes or values (Kerstein, Pollock, Wilson, 2012). However, it is challenging to create discussion questions that foster critical thinking and robust interaction. It is additionally challenging to assess different aspects online discussion and provide students with meaningful qualitative and quantitative feedback (Marra, Moore, & Klimczak, 2004). This workshop will provide strategies and tips for meeting these challenges.

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