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Creating Effective Discussions Online (using both synchronous and asynchronous methods)

When: Thursday, March 26, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM  

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff

Contact: Angelica Medina  

Group: Searle Faculty Events

Category: Academic


How can we create online learning environments in which students can still engage effectively with one another? How can we  ask students to share their thoughts and perspectives about course content in meaningful ways, using both synchronous and asynchronous methods? In this interactive online session, we will explore strategies for enhancing discussion in a full class setting, as well as how to make the best use of discussion boards and online forums. By the end of the session, participants will be able to develop effective discussion questions and apply key strategies to their own learning contexts.*


- Participants have a Northwestern Zoom account; have updated to version 4.6.7 of Zoom on their computer; have a working microphone and camera and have tested them; for Zoom information, see the NUIT page here
- Participants have spent 10-15 minutes exploring Zoom. They can:
-- Mute and unmute their microphone and video
-- Open and close chat and participant windows; 
-- Type in the chat window to everyone or to an individual 
-- Switch from Speaker view to Gallery view
-- Raise their hand

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