Engaging Students in Online Discussion

Engagement Details


Online learning can often be a solitary endeavor for the students. Providing ways for students to engage with others in the online classroom increases learning and improves potential for success. In this engagement you will learn how to effectively use online discussions for student engagement.

Learning Objectives

  1. Technology options for engaging students in online discussion
  2. How to establish clear guidelines for engagement
  3. How to avoid the "busy work" perception
  4. Effective ways to start conversations
  5. How to maintain control without taking control

About the Author

Eric Schmieder

Eric Schmieder

Eric Schmieder has taught computer technology courses in curriculum-based, continuing education, and corporate training environments since 2001.

Eric has maintained expert-level certification in Microsoft Office since Office XP, has over 30 years of programming experience, two decades of web design experience, and is a sought after presenter for conferences, workshops, and professional development seminars.

He has authored and co-authored several textbooks on computer technologies, including his recently released book, Web, Database, and Programming: A foundational approach to data-driven application development using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, MySQL, and PHP, First Edition.

His professor and mentor at Western Carolina University, Dr. William Perry, instilled a mantra that remains true today and will serve as a guiding principle as he shares what he has learned - and continues to learn - with you in this course. "Learn to love to learn. Technology is always changing!"

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  • Engagement Overview / Online Discussion Practices (16 min 39 sec)
  • Types of Online Discussion
  • Establishing Clear Guidelines
  • Develop Your Discussion Guidelines
  • Effective Conversation without the "Busy Work"
  • Develop Conversation Starters
  • Maintaining Control without Taking Control
  • Develop a Plan for Control
  • Engagement Summary (3 min 4 sec)
  • Knowledge Check