9 Tips For Conducting A Live Online Discussion

As a teacher, getting students interested in and thinking critically about a particular subject is often what you’re looking for from your students. This can happen through group discussion – either with the whole group or in smaller groups. In an ideal scenario, a worthwhile group discussion will have students digging deeper, asking tough questions, and searching together for answers about your chosen topic. 

So what happens when your room full of students is just a computer screen full of students – because you’re teaching an online course? You don’t need to lose this useful class discussion component of your course. Many teachers have ongoing discussion boards set up via their LMS, which students can access 24/7 and instructors moderate regularly. Adding in a live online discussion may seem daunting at first, but if you follow some tips and tricks from folks who have done it before, it can add a lot of value to your class without a lot of stress. The handy infographic below takes a look at 9 tips to make conducting a live online discussion easier. Have you facilitated a live online discussion? What tips would you add to this list? Weigh in by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.

9 Tips For Conducting A Live Online Discussion

  1. Discuss
  2. Go in with a plan
  3. Listen
  4. Provoke thought
  5. Use a case study or current event to carry the discussion
  6. Know the technology
  7. Invite guests
  8. Break often for Q&A
  9. Use people’s names



1 Comment

  1. Steve Ediger

    September 9, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I would add “Hone your discussion skills” (to keep the discussion on track).

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