The evolution of the online discussion board

How can we evolve the online discussion board to better mimic in-class interactions?

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Wichita State University is doubling down on the potential power of online discussion boards. Carolyn Speer, manager of instructional design and access said, “If two people can fall in love online, they can learn American history online.”

But this requires intentionality in the assignments. Refined prompts. Probing questions. Facilitating student collaboration.

The takeaway? In order for online learning to be equitable or perhaps even surpass the quality of in-class learning, we need to get the student-to-student collaboration right. So let’s continue to evaluate the tools and technologies we’re utilizing to better facilitate that hyper-collaboration online.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.