Online discussions can take many forms — asynchronous like discussion boards or synchronous through live-chat tools. Well constructed online discussions can help students prepare for class or be an extension of activities that took place during class. They can be particularly effective in flipped or hybrid classrooms, keeping students engaged, critically thinking, and accountable outside of class time. They don’t always have to heavy lifting however, using brief and breezy discussions can be a jumping off point for higher order activities or for quick reflections for an informal assessment. Discussion board tools can also be used for peer feedback, group work, help/tutor forums, and brainstorm activities.

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