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LDJIT: Learning Design Just-in-Time

Engagement with Discussions

Engagement with Discussions

This module provides further detail on social presence and explains why it is important for the online classroom. Just as faculty have strategies for engaging their face-to-face students, there are tools and strategies for accomplishing this with online students. 

Deep, meaningful communication can occur through asynchronous means. Discussion forums are a primary means of engaging students. Discussion forums are excellent for helping students to engage critically with one another and with the instructor. That engagement, in turn, can create social presence. You will discover that there are ways of creating social presence and engaging online learners in a deep and meaningful way.

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