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ERIC Number: EJ781760
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0485
Effectively Moderating Electronic Discussions
DeLoach, Stephen B.; Greenlaw, Steven A.
Journal of Economic Education, v38 n4 p419-434 Fall 2007
Although instructors are increasingly using electronic discussions with both traditional and online classes, little has been written about how to best moderate these discussions. Moderating online discussions requires tremendous skill. As with in-class discussions, the primary goal of the moderator is to ensure that the discussion continually makes progress toward more advanced critical thinking. Because of this, moderator comments should be limited to helping students make the transitions associated with increasing cognitive complexity rather than leading them to predetermined answers. Building on the existing literature on both in-class and online discussions to teach critical thinking, the authors develop concrete strategies that can be used to make discussions more productive. (Contains 3 tables and 10 notes.)
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Language: English
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