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9 Strategies to Ensure Successful Course Discussions
March 21, 2013 – 12:23 pm | 2 Comments

We recently suggested three alternatives to the LMS discussion tool that mimic real-life conversations in an online course. But remember–whether you’re using an alternative tool or the traditional LMS tool, the success of any discussion …

An Easy Method for Building Relationships in Online Courses
March 5, 2013 – 12:08 pm | 14 Comments

Building rapport and establishing relationships are critical to the success of an online course. This practice promotes learning, engagement, and retention.
I understand the importance of community first-hand from the perspective of a student. I remember feeling overwhelmed and …

3 Ways to Enrich Your Online Course Discussions
February 22, 2013 – 10:00 am | 3 Comments

While your LMS discussion tool helps to foster student interaction, you may feel limited by its structure and capabilities. It’s time to bring some variety into the way students interact with you and each other. …

Helpful Strategies and Tips: Discussion Boards
September 25, 2012 – 3:12 pm | One Comment

This post is part of the series Helpful Strategies and Tips: Designing an Online Course, which provides guidance through common challenges instructors face during online course development.
Discussion boards are the core of many online courses …