Recently I lead a discussion on leading discussions in the online realm. I provided the group participants from iTeach a few web resources and articles that touched on some important aspects of effective and necessary moderation tasks.
This lengthy article gives great detail to the number of tasks that a moderator has in creating and fostering a rich discussion community.
- https://jolt.merlot.org/vol10no3/Thorman_0914.pdf This Journal of Online Teaching article succinctly lists some takeaways from recent research on discussion practices. Being a lit review, it has value in the list of reviewed articles.
- https://www.wpi.edu/Academics/ATC/Collaboratory/Idea/boards.html From the Worcester Polytechnic Institute this helpful list of specific solutions to online discussion challenges should prove helpful.
- https://dynamind-elearning.com/2015/01/step-step-guide-weaving-online-feedback/ This quick read provides an excellent introduction to the notion of ‘weaving’. That is summarizing by mentioning participants responses, and joining them together in a contextual fashion.