How to Use Discussion Posts in Online College Courses

Learn how to intelligently and effectively respond to discussion postings in online college classes.

Steps

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    Read all the discussion questions before reading the material, including the textbook, articles, and other required readings.
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    As you are reading, keep a copy of the questions at hand. You may want to print them out if you are better at jotting notes by hand than typing them on a computer.
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    While you are reading highlight areas that pertain to your online discussion questions. Use small Post-It notes to mark significant pages in the textbook. Take notes from the readings that support your answers to the questions. It is also a good idea to keep track of page numbers and include links for reference in your postings.
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    When you are composing your discussion responses, type them into a word processing program so you can check for spelling errors. You can then paste your response onto the discussion board.
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    Remember that reading on the computer screen is more difficult than reading on printed paper. Make your paragraphs shorter,and separate new ideas or topics.
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    It is a good idea to use graphic organizers to make your responses easier to read and understand. They also help you organize your thoughts.
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    When responding to other posts, reread your replies and consider how they might look to the original poster. Use courtesy.
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    Use an interesting, yet to-the-point subject line.

Tips

  • Online classes are just like "brick and mortar classes." You only get back what you put into them!

Article Info

Categories: College and University Study Techniques