How to Improve the Quality of Discussion in the Asynchronous Discussion Forum

This interactive session by Dr. T.L. Brink of Crafton Hills College will cover specific policies, practices, ploys, and prompts for making asynchronous discussion forum posting more fun, fulfilling, and fair. Dr. Brink will discuss and share his insights on the following topics for consideration when utilizing the asynchronous discussion forum:

  • instructor: what are your strengths & limitations?
  • objectives: what do need to accomplish in your course?
  • students: what are their backgrounds, skills, goals?
  • structure: templates vs. freestyle
  • grading: how to score & how much to count?
  • introductions: reveals vs. icebreakers
  • pacing: slow & steady is a winner
  • interactions: how to get them to read each other’s posts
  • content: student-generated, not regurgitated
  • coverage: focus vs. breadth
  • reviewing for the exam

About the Presenter: Dr. T.L. Brink has spent the last 24 years teaching psychology online for the San Bernardino Community College District. He has authored or edited 18 books, including four textbooks. He has degrees from Claremont, Santa Clara, and the University of Chicago. He has previously served on the faculties of Universidad Iberoamericana, University of Redlands, University of California Riverside, Loma Linda University School of Public Health, and Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Brink lives in southern California, Chicago, and Mexico.