Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Are Online Discussion Forums Conversations?

One of the primary methods of engaging learners in an LMS-hosted learning environment is through the use of online discussion boards --- but is what happens on these boards REALLY conversation?

This article by Nancy Dixon (as gleaned from the OLDaily by Stephen Downes) talks about the differences and, in doing so, makes some good suggestions for making SURE that your online discussion forum hosts real conversation. As the author cites, "When conversations do occur in online forums, the learning and performance results go up."

What do you think?

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