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ERIC Number: EJ1127698
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2159-0281
Talking Techne: Techniques to Establish an Active Online Discussion Forum
Palenque, Stephanie Maher; DeCosta, Meredith
Journal of Instructional Research, v4 p83-89 2015
Discussion forums are critically important to the online classroom, as they virtually take the place of a classroom discussion and become a stage on which active learning takes place. Active learning occurs when instructors practice certain techniques in the discussion that are carefully and thoughtfully crafted and guided. The authors propose the term "techne" to describe the specific tools and processes used by instructors who are mindful of this purposeful guidance. By implementing these techne in asynchronous discussions, and revising as needed after close observation and student feedback, a unique and productive active learning experience is shared by everyone in the online classroom. These techniques are generalizable to all online courses, regardless of subject area.
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Language: English
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