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  The Journal of Effective Teaching
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Journal of Effective Teaching, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2016  

Woods, K., & Bliss, K. (2016). Facilitating Successful Online Discussions. The Journal of Effective Teaching, 16(2), 76-92. [Full Text]


As online course offerings continue to evolve, researchers have examined many strategies for improving the online learning experience for both the instructor and the student. Asynchronous, online discussions are one of the most common components of online courses. This article provides information about the best practices for facilitating successful online discussions. The suggested best practices include several strategies for increasing student engagement through online discussions, grading and providing feedback for online discussions, and overcoming specific challenges in facilitating online course discussions. The application of these best practices will enable online educators to improve discussions in online courses.


Keywords: Online discussion, online learning, student engagement, providing feedback.