Friday, June 18, 2010

Case Study Three: Facilitating asynchronous discussion

One of the questions that frequently arise when talking about online facilitation is how to engage people in asynchronous discussions be they discussion boards, blogs, email an educational course or a wider online network or community.

Here is Sarah Stewart talking to to Lorraine Storry Mockford who is the Health and Human Services Alternate Delivery Coordinator at the Nova Scotia Community College, Nova Scotia, Canada and Pam Harnden who is a postgraduate midwifery student at Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin New Zealand.

Lorraine says
"I have been fascinated by the process of asynchronous communication in discussion boards for years, starting with my participation in various self-help and literature groups in the early 1990s. As a faculty member I brought asynchronous discussions to my classroom through course internet groups (Yahoo, Google). About 10 years ago I started helping my Academic School to implement asynchronous discussions in both onsite and online courses using the WebBoard. We now have training for faculty interested in using asynchronous communication effectively."


Rajettan said...

You are right Lorraine.

Strategic questioning engages students better to draw them out at asynchronous discussions. Thank you for sharing.

Clarissa said...

Interesting observations. Loved the intentional distance to allow learners to step up and help peers and also feel some ownership.

My experience is that some people will comment regardless - but others will need to know "who's out there" to have the confidence.

Eg discussion board only is different to people who have met in person, on Skype etc and then have ongoing discussion on a board.

The discussion tab on Facebook pages isn't bad if everyone is already "there" - interested in how others have used it?