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Creating Multi-Media Discussion Boards to Increase Student Engagement

60 minutes
Oral Presentation

In this workshop, you will be introduced to several easy-to-implement discussion techniques that can be used for online, blended, or face-to-face courses. We will explore how to create a structured debate online and how your students can become the expert on the topic using the "Hot Seat" concept, or how students can demonstrate application of course concepts on discussion boards. All techniques will allow you to create a lively and engaging conversation for your online or face-to-face courses. Templates, assignment directions, and examples will be provided. Using and designing engaging group discussions. Create discussion boards that allow for application assessments. Structure discussion boards to assess student learning.

Topic Area(s): Effective Teaching Practices; Learner Engagement Strategies; Online & Hybrid Learning; Quality Design in Teaching; Social & Collaborative Learning


Robin O'Callaghan is a System Lead Coordinator for Quality Matters (QM) in Minnesota, a Co-coordinator of the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative, and a Senior Instructional Designer in the Teaching, Learning and Technology department at Winona State University. Robin has a Liberal Arts Degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Advertising and a master's degree in Educational Leadership.