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