Innovating Online Discussion

In this interview Shafique Virani describes how he created a unique and engaging online discussion experience for his students by creating an online café. He provides an overview of the 'guilds' structure that organized peer-to-peer interactions and provides some tips regarding the supports that he put into place for his students.

What made this approach work

  • Linking online discussion tools to the course's journey theme;
  • Deploying online discussion in ways that support the course's unique ‘guild’ structure;
  • Using online discussion to help foster a sense of community and shared practice among students;
  • Leveraging student knowledge and expertise in peer-to-peer interactions;
  • Embedding online interactions within assignments; and,
  • Using online discussion to support the production of course content.

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