Online discussions are a huge part of what we do at Chalkup. Conversations that keep students engaged after class capture, in every way, technology supporting 24/7 learning and increased student engagement. These little threads facilitate idea-sharing and question-asking when inspiration strikes or when a student needs support from classmates.
Further, online discussions are malleable. They are unique opportunities to engage students who find in-person participation overwhelming. When done right and supported by a classroom culture that uses technology to go further together, online discussions offer opportunity for connection and collaboration that spans beyond the 42-minute period instructors have with their students each day, if that.
We see huge benefit in embracing online discussion as part of any lesson, even if a discussion space is used solely for asking questions and pinging peers for support on homework problems or exam prep.
This is why online discussions merit an entire e-book.
We want to talk about places we’ve found great rich content, ideal for your thread. We want to talk about the indicators of a winning, engaging, and respectful online dialogue. We want to ask teachers how they’ve combatted such online discussion fears as students getting off-topic, exhibiting poor digital citizenship behaviors, or remaining disengaged.
This e-book will include a Q&A with educators related to their experiences with online discussion threads, as well as a brief conversation about setting expectations for good online behaviors. We’ll give you a quick tour of how we run discussions in our platform, illuminating the technical side of engaging a classroom online.
But first, I want to begin with a discussion on the good that engaging online discussions can do and what online dialogue means for teachers embracing edtech for the first time. We’ve found that the instructors most resistant to online discourse are those unwilling or skeptical of changing their current, tech-light or tech-free teaching. I want to challenge that a little and think through what adding a digital component, like online discussion, really means for a classroom.