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Resource Guidelines for Online Discussions

discussion IconResource Guidelines for Online Discussions

Learning Continuity Alignment:

LC IconLC4 - Facilitate Discourse

Provide guidelines for digital and offline communication. 

LC IconQM5.4:

The requirements for learner interaction are clearly stated. 



To ensure your students’ success in asynchronous online discussions, it is essential to provide detailed instructions. Start by creating a Community Agreement outlining how they should communicate with each other and the instructor. This may include treating others respectfully, using constructive language, and citing reputable sources to support their opinions. Once the guidelines have been established, for their first discussion assignment, ask your students to reflect on and review questions such as: What distinguishes an online discussion from an in-person one? What do they hope to gain from their classmates’ responses? What would they prefer not to see or read? Lastly, encourage them to think about past engaging discussions they’ve had on social media or the internet. 

The primary goal of this presentation is to align assignment structures with the broader course objectives, using plain language and real-world objectives instead of formal course learning outcomes. These best practices can be applied to a variety of courses, ensuring that the grading system serves the course's purpose without unnecessary complexity, ultimately aiming for clarity and simplicity in guiding students through the learning process. 


Edmund P. Cueva, Ph.D. | Professor of Classics and Humanities
Faculty Demonstration

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