Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants


How Did The Discussion Get There? Improving Asynchronous Discussion Using Course Objectives and Thread Linkage


Allied Health Sciences


College of Health Professions


Medicine and Health Sciences


Methods of guiding the discussion to reproducibly assess the course objectives are often inadequately addressed in the literature. The technique described here maps a pathway to iterate course objectives to topic questions. After a topic is linked, a series of redirection, elaboration, research, or summary headers are used to further refine and focus discussion to achieve the learning necessary for each topic. Each header can also be linked to previous or future discussion topics (vertical links) or threads within the current discussion session (horizontal links). Instructor composed responses can be used to economize effort without loss of individualization.

Conference Name

Lilly Conference on College an University Teaching and Learning

Conference Location

Traverse City, MI

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