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    • Discussion forums can be used to help to create classroom community. If you start online, you'll need to build community among your students.
    • Use a prompt. What should students discuss each time? Why?
    • Set parameters. How long should each post be? Does each student have to start a discussion? Does each student have to respond to one peer? Two peers? What should responses look like? Will the responses be complete sentences? Do students need to cite sources in their responses? How should they do that?
    • Don’t let discussions go on too long. Reading pages of comments on an initial post can make the mind wander, which doesn’t achieve the objective. After 12 students have responded, provide a new prompt or have students suggest a new direction for the discussion or a new prompt
    • Prohibit ad hominem attacks.
    • Set thresholds for the kinds of writing you will accept. Will you allow text abbreviations, for example? GIFs? Emojis?
    • Provide a “muddiest point” forum for students as well so that they have a place to indicate their learning challenge when they get stumped. Encourage students to answer their peers’ questions. Monitor the forum so that misinformation does not circulate.
  •  Something to do. Help students know how to use the information that you’re giving them along the way. Consider some of these ideas as a way to see how students are processing the information:
    • Concept map
    • Reflection journal entry
    • 3-2-1 exercise
    • Memory matrix
    • One sentence summary
    • Directed paraphrasing
    • Chain notes among group members or the entire class
    • Student-developed test questions
    • Short article
    • Tweet the point
    • Polls
    • Create a review slide

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