One of the best practices that I have employed in my classroom and in my work has been the asynchronous discussion board. In the summer of 2008, I took a course over at UAlbany called Intro to Online Teaching, which exposed me to just how effective asynchronous discussion can be.
By allowing students and employees to speak on a discussion board that isn’t limited by time and space, more vibrant and thoughtful discussion can take place. Be sure to set clear guidelines or rubrics ahead of time to ensure that everyone participating is providing the kind of contribution that you desire from your students or employees.
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