Discussion tools can be used to encourage students’ active participation in discussions during your class or to facilitate online discussions as pre- or post-class assignments. Discussion assignments can be simply designed as a means to converse with students before or after class or more structured so that it requires reflective writing from students related to course content. In blended or online courses, online discussion is a major teaching vehicle for student interactions with content, instructors and students.
Some best practice tips for using discussion tools:
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