Best Practices FAQ: Discussions and Participation

What should be the expectations for discussion postings?

Research indicates that active participation in dissuasions is a successful method for improving student engagement in a course. ┬áThe guidelines will be based on the driving questions you provide the students and the overall objectives of your curriculum and course. At minimum, we recommend you set deadlines for the posts and guidelines the frequency of posts and replies to other students. We also recommend you have a strategy in place to measure the quality of posts — this could be in the form of a rubric or a checklist. Again, the depth and breadth of discussion will be based on the subject matter of the course and your own expectations for your students. Also, remember to place a statement of these expectations (as well as other expectations for online learning) in your syllabus.