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

MacKnight, “Teaching Critical Thinking through Online Discussions”

Carol B. MacKnight, “Teaching Critical Thinking through Online Discussions.” EDUCAUSE Quarterly, 2000, no. 4: 38-41

This article contains some useful pointers on using threaded discussion forums to teach critical thinking skills in online courses.  Include in the article is a list of Socratic  questions.

The article is available here: http://er.educause.edu/~/media/files/article-downloads/eqm0048.pdf

Or, here: eqm0048