*Teachers spend less time answering questions
*Students develop a stronger class community
*Students participate more regularly and in a more thoughtful manner than they would normally do in a face-to-face instructional setting
*Students are more likely to cite research and class readings
*Empowers students to express themselves.
*Students are more likely to utilize critical thinking skills
Before you dive into using online discussions make sure your students have an understanding of the basic guidelines, rules, and assessment practices.
-Ask the experts -Debates
-Polling -Roll Playing
-Peer Review -Current Events
-Literature Circles -Collaborative Writing
-Virtual Field Trip -Backchannel during video
-"Real life" examples