Engagement Strategies for Online Discussions in Brightspace

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Originally presented for CAT+FD on 1 September 2022 by Ms. Janice Florent and Dr. Mark Gstohl

“Learning is not a spectator sport. Students do not learn much just by sitting in classes listening to teachers, memorizing prepackaged assignments, and spitting out answers. They must talk about what they are learning, write about it, relate it to past experiences and apply it to their daily lives. They must make what they learn part of themselves.” (Chickering & Gamson, 1987).

Take advantage of Brightspace's discussion tool to help you facilitate meaningful online discussions and build community in your courses.

This workshop, the eleventh in our #LEX Advanced series, builds on the skills you learned in the #LearnEverywhereXULA course and shows you how Brightspace discussion forums can provide a digital community that connects faculty and students outside of the classroom!

Pre-Workshop Assignment

Workshop Recording


Slide Deck

Plan and Facilitate Effective Asynchronous Discussions

Brightspace Discussions Tool