Last year I was invited to give a presentation at the Center for Instructional Innovation at Georgia State University. This presentation was for faculty who want to improve the quality of their online discussions. I pulled together some strategies I have used over the years- many prompted by faculty development workshops I have attended at the University of Phoenix Online.
The central point of this presentation is to take advantage of the archive created by an online asynchronous discussion to move classroom conversations past the first fits and starts. Have your ultimate goal in mind and learn from the discussions how to move your students towards those revelations.
Here is the presentation: