FLO Friday: Ideas and Inspirations to Break Out of the Online Discussion Forum Rut

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Audience: This session is for instructors who teach online and want practical, easy-to-implement ideas to try in their online classrooms as early as tomorrow.

Discussion forums are an integral element of any online course, but the same type of prompt used day after day can become monotonous. How can we keep learners engaged with this essential collaborative activity? In this FLO Friday session, we will explore and exchange ideas and inspirations to diversify your discussion board prompts and activities. We will explore how to write provocative prompts, select engaging topics, structure forums using alternative formats, and integrate a diversity of media. The goal is to create discussions that are challenging, elicit participation, encourage exchange, and avoid repetition.

Annie Prud’homme-Généreux was a founding faculty member at Quest University Canada. She collaborated with her colleagues to design Quest’s Bachelor of Arts and Sciences program, which has topped the rankings of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) since the program’s inception. Annie has since been recognized with an international teaching innovation award for her work on the development of case study teaching in the sciences. Following a stint as the vice president of science at the TELUS World of Science in Edmonton, she returned to B.C. as the director of continuing studies at Capilano University.

An early adopter of educational technology, Annie has been publishing open materials and training faculty in their development and use for almost two decades. She serves on the Campus Alberta Quality Council — the Alberta equivalent of B.C.’s Degree Quality Assessment Board — which ensures that new and existing degree programs in the province meet provincial, national, and international quality standards. She holds graduate degrees in science and journalism and will soon complete a Master of Education in distance education. When she is not hard at work, she can be found on a roller derby track.