Using discussion forums to promote critical thinking

As more teaching moves into the online space, students will need to not only communicate with each other but learn collaboratively. Discussion forums are the most widely used tool for building a conversation around curriculum topics.

In order to develop an ability to analyse and reflect, students need practice. In this recording, Jon will show you how to structure and facilitate online discussions which promote critical thinking, and understand the students’ experience of learning in this context.

See below to view the slides from the presentation:


  • Del Medico C, Building Engagement and Reflection in Forums, Navitas Learning 2014
  • Laurillard D, 2012, Teaching as a Design Science, Routledge, New York
  • Pappas C, Socratic Questions in E-Learning: ‘What eLearing professionals should know.’
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  • Salmon G, 2011, E Moderating (Third Edition), Routledge, New York
  • Salmon G, 2013, E-tivities The Key to Active Online Learning, Routledge, New York

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