The Art of Online Conversation: Designing, Facilitating, and Teaching with Online Discussion Forums (ONLINE COURSE)

This course can count toward the Certificate of Proficiency in Teaching for eLearning. To learn more, click HERE.

Whether we teach in a traditional face-to-face classroom, a blended environment, or a fully online course, many of us make use of online forums to enhance student learning. Achieving an engaging online discussion, however, is easier said than done! In this fully online course, participants will learn by doing through ongoing participation in weekly discussion forums. We will explore strategies for creating effective prompts, apply best practices for facilitating vibrant and enriching online conversations of all types, and troubleshoot common challenges. We will explore how one’s approach to online discussion changes over the span of a semester- or year-long course, and integrate scholarship on eLearning into our understanding of effective online conversations.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to design and facilitate effective, pedagogically informed online discussion forums by:

  1. Integrating forums meaningfully into online assessment strategies and/or learning activities 
  2. Applying strategies to support community building and/or communication
  3. Encouraging deeper learning through instructor participation in online forums
  4. Creating opportunities for students to practice self-directed learning through discussion forums

This course is open to all course directors at York and no previous experience with online discussion forums is required. Participants can expect to spend a total of ~4-8 hours engaging with course content and activities. The course is designed asynchronously, meaning that while there are weekly deadlines, participants can complete each week’s tasks at any time that is convenient to them. This course is actively facilitated by a Teaching Commons instructor, and participants will be able to ask questions and access further support and resources by email or through the course Moodle at any point.

Upcoming course dates:

(Note that registration closes September 15th)

Should the course be full, you can add your name to a wait list for The Art of Online Conversation here: WAIT LIST .