LESSON 5: Module Discussions
Discussions are great tools in distance learning. Virtual discussions in a learning management system, substitute for the actual debates in campus classes.
Every week, the students should be required to participate in a discussion topic, explained by the instructor in detail, just like an assignment. You can design your discussions so that the students will have to do work, before they can post to the forum.
The students should also be required to submit peer reviews, to make sure they spend the time to find out what their classmates do in the course. They must participate in the discussion, and comment on other's work.
Like the assignments, discussions should be graded, as well.
...which means, you will need to create a rubric for course discussions.Rubrics will be covered later in this course.