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You’re Asking the Wrong Question

Submitted by on April 7, 2015 – 9:05 amNo Comment

Faculty Focus

You’re asking the wrong question. No, seriously, you’re probably asking the wrong question.

Yeah, that’s a pretty bold statement. But I’ve read tens of thousands of questions meant to prompt discussions in online course rooms, and the odds are I am right.

It’s true that much has been written about how to compose effective discussion prompts. I’ve read a lot of that literature, and contributed a bit to it myself. But what I see often missing is consideration for the purpose of the discussion that is supposed to be prompted by the question.

This consideration for purpose is often overlooked because of assumptions we make. We, as course designers, faculty facilitators, or both, assume that we know the purpose of the discussion for which we are composing the questions. Yet, we have many different purposes of discussions. Some faculty believe that the purpose of the discussion is for students to demonstrate comprehension or application of the course concepts. To continue reading, click the link below.

This article was originally written by Barbara M. Hall for Faculty Focus. Barbara M. Hall is an assistant professor and chair of the instructional design program at Ashford University. Click here for the original article.

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