A community member asked the following question:
How can I write discussion postings that invite thoughtful and dynamic responses?
Keep in mind that the discussion board is equivalent to the classroom discussion. You want learners to not only state their beliefs, but also to respond to the statements and observations of others. Thus the kinds of interactions that happen naturally in the face-to-face classroom often need to be explicitly described and rewarded in the online environment. Two strategies that can help the discussion board to become more dynamic and thoughtful is to require learners to explicitly respond to at least two other learners, and to require learners to apply a concept, problem or belief to a personal, local or regional condition or event.
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