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ERIC Number: EJ1058724
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-2368-4526
Bump up the Energy: Engaging Students in Online Forums
Cunnin, Betty; Macpherson, Alice; Matteoni, James Alan
Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, v4 p38-45 2011
Educators know that to engage learners in the enterprise of critical thinking, learner's need to care enough to pay attention, and feel safe enough to take intellectual risks. When interacting asynchronously in online forums, it can become even more challenging to create a space that encourages reflective, integrative, and higher order thinking. In this paper, we present four strategies we found effective to connect university horticulture students to the course content and to each other in online forums. By building relationships to foster a social presence, making certain the topics for discussion are temporal and connected to students lives, have meaning both in content and course value, and by providing students some choice about what conservations they engage in, instructors can support students to create meaningful dialogical conversations that surpass the shallow fact finding exchanges that online learner's habitually engage in.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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