How To Create Engaging Discussion Forums

Dan Keckan

This article will discuss innovative ways you can make your discussion forums "the happening place" in your online classroom. The forums are the most interactive part and the heart of your online classroom. eLearning Best Practices Collaborative Learning eLearning Games Learner Engagement Online Discussions Quiz ActivityThis post was first published on eLearning Industry.

Why Make Discussion Forums Part of Your Online Courses?

CommLab India

Discussion forums are integral to collaborative learning. Find out why you need to make them an integral component of e-learning courses. Learning Technology Online Courses

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Adding Discussion Forums to Your LMS

ProProfs

Adding a discussion forum is a good idea to achieve a vibrant LMS that engulfs learners and elevates their appetite to learn. Therefore, including a discussion forum in LMS is an ideal solution to build collaboration by bringing learners and instructors on a single converging point. How to Add a Discussion Forum to Your Learning Management System? ProProfs has come up with a unique way to help you add a discussion forum to your online training.

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3 Reasons Curatr Doesn’t Have A Discussion Forum

HT2 Labs

One thing that always comes up, and we say no to, is the requirement for a discussion forum. This seems like a bit on an odd omission; we are a social learning platform but we don’t have a discussion forum? The next question that tends to come is, could we build in a discussion forum? Here’s my 3 reasons why Curatr doesn’t have a discussion forum (and never will): 1. Because we actually did build a discussion forum, once upon a time….

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How to Improve Cross-Department Collaboration

KnowledgeCity

Have you ever needed to collaborate with other departments to complete a project, only to find yourself trapped in the endless cycle of fruitlessly syncing up meeting schedules and sending yet another follow-up email? But how can departments cultivate more persuasive collaboration skills?

Scripting the Success of Collaborative Learning

G-Cube

Collaboration is a good way to invite ideas and brainstorm – so it is a great practice for the workplace. However, many L&D managers often worry that collaborative learning might not always meet learning objectives set out by the training team. So, while collaboration between employees can certainly create engaging learning experiences, the learning also needs to be impactful and aligned to the learning objectives.

‘Discussion forum': don’t let the name of the tool put you on the wrong learning design track

The eLearning Nomad

They’re usually called discussion forums or discussion boards and are the most commonly used tool for answering questions as well as for any conversations we have in an online learning space. To keep with the name, discussion forums are generally used for a discussion activity. The term discussion forum implies that the tool has to be used for discussions. Discussion’ isn’t really a learning task.

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Success Formula for Discussion Forums in Financial Services

Tony Karrer

I received a question this week related to Discussion Forums for Knowledge Sharing at Capital City Bank : I successfully launched a discussion forum for a small group of lending assistants within my bank. That forum is still up and running. Since that time, I have attempted to introduce the discussion forum tool to two other work groups within the bank but I have not been very successful.

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Getting Learners to Collaborate in a Virtual Learning Environment

ScholarLMS

Traditional learning environments serve as natural hubs of social or collaborative learning. Collaborative learning in virtual or online learning environments, on the other hand, happens only if learning programs support and promote interactivity and learner engagement.

6 benefits of social & collaborative learning

Docebo

Learning from one another is what people have always done throughout human history, so ‘social and collaborative learning’ as a learning method is likely to be the oldest one in existence. Even if our approach to training and learning has evolved over time, we still inevitably learn from those we collaborate with. Coach others, or just take part in whatever capacity you want: anyone can take part in a discussion, and at any level (whether fully engaged or not).

Are you designing for cooperation or collaboration?

The eLearning Nomad

What should be done collaboratively? It’s often the difference between cooperation and collaboration that requires the biggest mind shift. The following is a typical activity in online courses out there: “Do this piece of work, share it with others in this forum, read at least 2 other submissions and comment”. Because it involves other people, you might think that this is collaboration. This means that the main activities should be collaborative.

How To Use Social Learning To Boost Collaborative Learning

Wizcabin

Although collaborative learning is an essential approach, one can further enhance it with the use of social learning. In this article, we’ll be looking at how you can use social learning to boost collaborative learning. Asynchronous Form: via group discussion, forums, interaction, seminars, etc. One can make use of all the features of the synchronous and asynchronous forms of learning to encourage collaborative learning. Image by rawpixel from Pixabay.

“Post once, reply twice”: uninspiring online discussion boards and what to do about them

The eLearning Nomad

Remove the assessment requirement and the discussion boards are (almost) empty. Does that mean students don’t want to collaborate? Have a look at the following discussion board question from an urban planning course: “Looking at the map of [insert name region], discuss possible locations for people who may eventually commute to work in [insert name city]”. Most likely they’ll find an answer in the forum that reflects what they wanted to say.

How Collaborative Learning Can Help To Improve The Learning Experience

Wizcabin

Collaborative learning is an online training approach that involves students and instructors coming together to interact through chats and forums. In this post, we’ll be exploring the different ways collaborative learning can help you improve the overall learning experience. Collaborative Learning Helps To Build Teamwork Skills. Collaborative learning involves learners working in groups to achieve a common goal.

Introducing the EdApp Discussions and Assignments Feature

Ed App

After the announcement of our Playlists feature, we are excited to follow up with Discussions and Assignments. The Discussions and Assignments feature was designed to increase the amount of social interaction to ensure the success of adult learning. This exciting addition enables learners to collaborate with each other in a forum-like discussion, strengthening the power of peer learning.

Introducing the EdApp Discussions and Assignments Features

Ed App

After the announcement of our Playlists feature, we are excited to follow up with Discussions and Assignments. The Discussions and Assignments features were designed to increase the amount of social interaction to ensure the success of adult learning. This exciting addition enables learners to collaborate with each other in a forum-like discussion, strengthening the power of peer learning.

Virtual Reality in Learning – Has the Time Come ? – Online Discussion

Learning Cafe

We discuss. Jeevan is the producer of Learning Cafe and an experienced practitioner of technology-based learning and collaboration in Australia. Learning Cafe Webinar content curation Learning Cafe Workplace Trends Forum online forum webinarThursday, May 12th, 2016 12 to 1 PM Sydney. Overview. When it comes to emerging technologies, numerous tech companies including Facebook, HTC, Sony, Microsoft and Samsung are eyeing virtual reality (VR) as the next big thing.

Drivers of Yammer use in the corporate sector

E-Learning Provocateur

Intrinsic motivation is obvious to anyone who knows the saying “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink” In other words, you can unleash your business champions and push all the promotion you like, but if the individuals who comprise your target audience lack a collaborative attitude, they won’t use Yammer. Nonetheless, some sort of management of the forum is considered important in driving its use.

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How do I know what e-learning approach is right for what topic?

The eLearning Nomad

We’re moving (far) away from instructivism to embrace constructivism instead – a collaborative problem-based eWorkshop supports this philosophy. Empowerment requires facilitation and collaboration, both key components of eWorkshops. This again requires facilitation and collaboration. The mere addition of a discussion forum isn’t enough – we need a much more strategic approach to enable participatory learning to happen.

Digital Disruption – Opportunity and Threat for L&D. LearningCafe Online Discussion

Learning Cafe

Our final online panel discussion for 2015 and it is not be missed. We discuss: Business drivers for Learning in 2015. Scott Dinsdale – Scott … Jeevan Joshi – Jeevan is the producer of Learning Cafe and an experienced practitioner of technology-based learning and collaboration in Australia. Learning Cafe Webinar Learning Cafe Events Learning Cafe Workplace Trends ForumThursday, January 28, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Sydney.

Content Curation – New L&D Mindset & Skill Set – Online Discussion

Learning Cafe

We discuss. Jeevan Joshi – Jeevan is the producer of Learning Cafe and an experienced practitioner of technology-based learning and collaboration in Australia. Learning Cafe Webinar content curation Learning Cafe Workplace Trends Forum online forum webinarThursday, March 17, 2016 12 to 1 PM Sydney. Overview. One of the biggest challenges of our times is the explosion in the quantity and immediacy of the information available through the internet.

Virtual Reality in Learning – Has the Time Come ? – Online Discussion

Learning Cafe

We discuss. Jeevan is the producer of Learning Cafe and an experienced practitioner of technology-based learning and collaboration in Australia. Learning Cafe Webinar content curation Learning Cafe Workplace Trends Forum online forum webinarThursday, May 12th, 2016 12 to 1 PM Sydney. Overview. When it comes to emerging technologies, numerous tech companies including Facebook, HTC, Sony, Microsoft and Samsung are eyeing virtual reality (VR) as the next big thing.

Learning Cafe Workplace Trends Forum – Looking back at 2013. What is coming in 2014

Learning Cafe

Our final online panel discussion for 2013 and it is not be missed. We discuss: Panel Discussion 1- CLO Forum. Panel Discussion 2 – Consultants Forum. Jeevan is the producer of Learning Cafe and an experienced practitioner of technology-based learning and collaboration in Australia. The post Learning Cafe Workplace Trends Forum – Looking back at 2013. Learning Cafe Events Learning Cafe Webinar Learning Cafe Workplace Trends Forum

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Learning Cafe Workplace Trends Forum – Looking back at 2015. What is coming in 2016?

Learning Cafe

Our final online panel discussion for 2015 and it is not be missed. We discuss: Business drivers for Learning in 2015. Jeevan Joshi – Jeevan is the producer of Learning Cafe and an experienced practitioner of technology-based learning and collaboration in Australia. Learning Cafe Events Learning Cafe Webinar Learning Cafe Workplace Trends ForumThursday, December 10, 2015 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Sydney.

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Drivers of Yammer use in the corporate sector

E-Learning Provocateur

Intrinsic motivation is obvious to anyone who knows the saying “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink” In other words, you can unleash your business champions and push all the promotion you like, but if the individuals who comprise your target audience lack a collaborative attitude, they won’t use Yammer. Nonetheless, some sort of management of the forum is considered important in driving its use.

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New MOOC Environments: Distributed Open Collaborative Courses

Your Training Edge

One of the more interesting models to emerge is the distributed open collaborative course, aka the DOCC. Instead of using a single complete set of learning resources (videos, readings, forums, assignments, tests, and so on) to automatically deliver instruction to all learners, a DOCC consists of individual “nodal” courses built around a central theme. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have lately been moving in different directions.

7 Top Benefits Of Collaborative eLearning

EI Design

The answer is through a collaborative eLearning approach. In this article, I’ll explore the top 7 benefits of collaborative eLearning. Collaborative eLearning: 7 Top Advantages To Consider. Collaborative eLearning involves social interactions with online peers, instructors, and experts. As a result, everyone gets what they need from the collaborative eLearning experience. Collaborative eLearning involves group work.

E-Learning Design Part 4: Learning through Collaboration

CDSM

However, the difference between the two is that social constructivism places an emphasis on the collaborative nature of learning, highlighting the importance of cultural and social influences. The challenge of independent e-learning is isolation, so our learning platform technology gives its users access to a community of learners, enabling them to share, reflect and discuss using communication tools such as forums, comment threads and real-time chat facilities.

CAC-Panel Discussion-Consulting/Contracting

Kapp Notes

Next, we had a panel discussion called Working Collaboratively and Independently Simultaneously:Independent and Contractor and Small Business Forum. The discussion focused on non-compete agreements, intellectual property and other issues related to creating content and ideas for clients. The discussion also centered around how each person got started as a contractor. A discussion about scoping and dealing with scope creep gathered a lot of interest.

Top 3 Collaboration Activities for your eLearning Course

eFront

Educational technology tools have enabled multiple channels of collaboration within the online learning environment. In this article, we’ll share the top three forms of collaboration activities for your eLearning course that have proven to enhance eLearning experiences. Effective Collaboration Activities: Types and Ideas. Training experts highly encourage the use of the following collaboration activities – methods: · Small group assignments. Homework forums.

5 Top Takeaways From Learning Technologies Summer Forum 16

Unicorn Training

Despite the weather feeling a little more like October than June, today was the annual Learning Technologies Summer Forum event at Kensington Olympia. Themes within this year’s main LT conference included Leadership, Organisational Hierarchy and the place of Social and Collaborative Tech in L&D. We’ve grown up with the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat, so these ‘new ways’ to collaborate and communicate are as embedded as they get from the word go.

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Learning Cafe Workplace Trends Forum – Looking back at 2013. What is coming in 2014

Learning Cafe

Our final online panel discussion for 2013 and it is not be missed. We discuss: Business drivers for Learning in 2013. Jeevan Joshi – Jeevan is the producer of Learning Cafe and an experienced practitioner of technology-based learning and collaboration in Australia. Learning Cafe Events Learning Cafe Webinar Learning Cafe Workplace Trends Forum Thursday, December 12, 2013 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Sydney.

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Informal Learning For Startups: Preparing For Internal Social Collaboration

QuoDeck

Gartner’s estimate claims that about 90% initiatives for social collaboration fail due to the “provide-and-pray” approach- one which says that any new initiative does not necessarily require massive marketing and internal promotion. When employees participate in open forum discussions, they get a sense of belonging with the company. We are currently residing in societies which have the facilities to be able to network, collaborate and coordinate on an international scale.

Introducing the Social Intranet Index

E-Learning Provocateur

An intranet with an SII of 6 integrates social media elements such as a discussion forum, blogs and wikis into a single sign-on solution. The profiles are rich (including photos, contact details and subject matter expertise) and integrate with the other components of the intranet (eg the discussion forum) to facilitate social networking. Which organisation do you think will be more collaborative? There’s a lot of talk about social intranets these days.

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I want to facilitate online discussions but how do I choose the right platform?

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

A discussion forum functionality is key for this purpose, other things are nice to have but often blur the decision about the forum to choose. First it is good to know that many many online platforms offer similar functionality: a discussion forum, the possibility of personal pages, one page with the members, a document sharing tools, the ability to create subgroups and management tools for administrators.

The discussion – The Mechanics of MOOCs for Employee Learning –

Learning Cafe

Michelle led the panel discussion which included Preetha Ram. The Mechanics – MOOCs for Employee Learning – Online Forum from Learning Cafe. The post The discussion – The Mechanics of MOOCs for Employee Learning – appeared first on Learning Cafe. Sunder talked about use of a Presentation Skills MOOCs at JLT Group. Geoff shared some data about the engagement score for a learning program which had a MOOC like flavor.

Introducing the Social Intranet Index

E-Learning Provocateur

An intranet with an SII of 6 integrates social media elements such as a discussion forum, blogs and wikis into a single sign-on solution. The profiles are rich (including photos, contact details and subject matter expertise) and integrate with the other components of the intranet (eg the discussion forum) to facilitate social networking. Which organisation do you think will be more collaborative? There’s a lot of talk about social intranets these days.

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