Toledo, “Does Your Dog Bite?”: Creating Good Questions for Online Discussions

Cheri A. Toledo, “‘Does your dog bite?’ Creating Good Questions for Online Discussions.” In International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, vol. 18, no. 2 (2006): 150-154.

Abstract: One of the challenges of asynchronous online discussions is soliciting student responses that involve critical thinking. Too often students answer one another with “I agree” or “That’s what I think” and the discussion dead ends. By providing students with models of good questioning techniques instructors will see the class discussion take on new depth. This article provides online course facilitators with an approach to questioning that can deepen student interactions in asynchronous discussions.

The article is available here: http://www.isetl.org/ijtlhe/pdf/IJTLHE85.pdf

Or, here: IJTLHE85

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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