How To Write Engaging Questions for Online Forums

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Online asynchronous discussions are often incorporated by faculty into blended or online courses, providing opportunities for rich dialog among students outside of the traditional face-to-face classroom environment. A number of steps can be taken to promote an engaging and interactive online discussion, beginning with drafting the discussion questions that students are asked to respond to. This infographic highlights a variety of suggestions that can yield more meaningful and deeper online discussions.

How to Compose Engaging Questions for Online Forums Infographic
Source: BangTheTable

What additional suggestions do you have for writing engaging questions for online discussion forums?  Feel free to leave a comment with your ideas!

A Vision of Students Today

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This video by Michael Wesch in collaboration with 200 students at Kansas State University, creatively and powerfully looks at today’s students and how they are changing the world of learning and education.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o

Do you find these attributes as characteristic of the students you teach? What steps might you take to engage students of the 21st century? Please post a comment with your thoughts and reflections.

New Faculty Development Blog

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This new blog serves as one mechanism for communicating news, information, and resources to the faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants of Northern Illinois University. The blog is one of the many resources offered and maintained by the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center.

Faculty Development staff post information, ideas, and resources regarding teaching and educational technology as well as communicate ideas and suggestions on how to apply such technology in teaching and learning. Readers are encouraged to subscribe to this blog either by RSS or e-mail to receive updates when new posts are added as well as post comments to share their perspectives and engage in discussion.

For more information about the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, visit www.facdev.niu.edu

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