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Increasing Student Interactions Online

Seminar Description

Designing and managing online student interactions is an important part of teaching. This workshop focuses on how to effectively plan and manage online discussions and collaborative work. Together we will explore learning spaces and content options in Flipgrid, Cisco WebEx Teams, and widely used Social Media platforms.

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Upcoming Dates

Offering #1

1: Wed, Oct 24, 2018; 9:30 – 11:30 am
2: Wed, Nov 14, 2018; 9:30 – 11:30 am
3: Wed, Nov 28, 2018; 9:30 – 10:30 am

Offering #2

1: Wed, Feb 13, 2019; 9:30 – 11:30 am
2: Wed, Feb 27, 2019; 9:30 – 11:30 am
3: Wed, Mar 20, 2019; 9:30 – 10:30 am

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this seminar, you will be able to:

  1. Match online learning spaces with learning objectives;
  2. Plan and evaluate the quality of online discussions;
  3. Consider suitable social media platforms, content, and strategies.



Social Media in the Classroom [ course]
Northwestern University’s Strategies for Facilitating Better Online Discussions [Website]

These strategies are designed to help improve the quality of your online discussions and increase student engagement and interaction within your course.

Flipgrid Integration Guide [Document]

Flipgrid is a video discussion platform that can be used to create and share short video responses based on questions posed by the educator.  This guide will help you with the integration of Flipgrid into your classroom.

Bring Your Own Technology Network [Blog-style Community of Practice]
Research article with focus on improving the quality of online discussion [Document]

Darabi, A., & Jin, L. (2013). Improving the quality of online discussion: the effects of strategies designed based on cognitive load theory principles.  Distance Education, 34(1), 21-36.