How can I effectively manage discussions, including case-study, project, and problem-based learning discussions?

IU supports several tools that enable teacher- and/or student-led discussion outside of the classroom. Instructors can use these tools to provide an opportunity for students to elaborate on their thinking and learning, much as they do during class.

As with other types of online activities, discussions can be conducted live or in an asynchronous format. Instructors should consider the pros and cons of each approach and decide which modality is best suited to the situation. Live online discussions with high-quality video and audio most closely resemble interactions in the physical classroom. Some research suggests, however, that students who are reluctant participants during in-class discussions are more likely to engage in asynchronous online discussions, where they have more time to gather their thoughts before contributing. Additionally, when compared to live discussions, asynchronous discussions are more difficult for students to monopolize. On the other hand, moving discussions to an asynchronous format could dampen the engagement of more extroverted students who thrive on live interaction.

Technology options for live discussions include Zoom, IU's web conferencing and collaboration platform; the Video Bridge tool in Canvas; and, for quick online exchanges via text messages, Canvas Chat.

Several options are available for asynchronous discussion as well. In addition to Discussions, Canvas's solid, general-purpose threaded discussion tool, there's VoiceThread, which lends itself especially well to discussions about visual artifacts; CN Post, a social networking app for learners; and Piazza, an online forum where students can ask questions and develop answers collaboratively.

Instructors can get help using technology in their teaching at the teaching and learning centers on each campus; see How do I contact the teaching and learning centers at each IU campus?

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