Discussion Groups and Online Learning

Diane Boothe

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/CSNME.2018.005

Abstract


This article investigates the components of online discussion groups in terms of their cognitive, social and teaching impact for online learning. Discussion groups serve an essential role and will be defined and their impact addressed as an active learning strategy with multilayered effects. Connecting learners in an online teaching environment is essential and integration of well-designed discussions will facilitate student learning. In the online classroom, critical thinking skills and actively engaged learners are tantamount to student success. The development of asynchronous discussions to enhance learning and critical thinking will be discussed along with reflection and activities to increase student engagement and learning.


Keywords


discussion groups; online learning; teaching impact

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