Dunlap, “Protocols for Online Discussions”

Dunlap, Joanne C. “Protocols for Online Discussions.” In Lowenthal, Patrick R., et al., The CU Online Handbook, 101-105.

Joanna C. Dunlap outlines 9 different ways in which you can utilize discussion forums in an online course.  Some of formats are designed for asynchronous communication while others are designed for synchronous session.  The 9 ways she addresses are:

  • The Final Post
  • The Last Post
  • Posting the Crux of the Matter
  • Designated Readers
  • Rotating Threads
  • Snowball Threads
  • Jigsaw Threads
  • Chatroom of Voices
  • Chatroom Full of Voices

Dunlap bases these formats on the work of Brookfield and Preskill (Discussion As A Way of Teaching) and McDonald, et al. (The Power of Protocols: An Educator’s Guide to Better Practice).

The chapter is available here: http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/CUOnline/FacultySupport/Handbook/Documents/DiscussionProtocols.pdf

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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