Fundamentals: Engaging Learners In Online Discussions

Track: Online Learners
Delivery Mode: Asynchronous Workshop

Well-designed online discussions address a number of research-based strategies critical to effective online learning and improved learning outcomes. Through online discussions, student-student and student-content interactions increase, and both faculty and students collaborate in the learning process as they explore unique perspectives. Join an expert facilitator from the OLC Institute in this seven-day asynchronous workshop to learn strategies for engaging learners in effective discussions as well as tools that can be employed to foster learner engagement and improve learning outcomes. Throughout the workshop, you will develop a plan for creating engaging and effective online discussions in your courses.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify strategies and tools to improve online discussions
  • Develop a plan for creating engaging and effective online discussions in your course

This is an asynchronous, week-long workshop which will begin on a Monday and end on the following Sunday. The workshop will require approximately 6-8 hours of work, including reading research-based articles, viewing presentations, engaging in online discussion forums, and submitting assignments. Total length of time to completion: 7 days.

Who should attend?
Faculty new to the online environment
Veteran online and blended faculty
Instructional designers
Instructional technologists
Faculty developers

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Dr. Brian Udermann

Dr. Brian Udermann

Dr. Brian Udermann is the Director of Online Education and a Full Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He has over 20 years of experience teaching exercise science and health related courses at the collegiate level. He has been teaching online for the past 10 years and has served as the Director of Online Education for the past 8 years. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from St. Cloud State University, and earned both his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Applied Exercise Physiology from Syracuse University. Brian has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, five-book chapters and one book. He also has over 50 national and international presentations delivered at conferences such as The National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Educators’ Conference, The OLC International Conference on Online Learning, The International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association, The American College of Sports Medicine and The United States Distance Teaching and Learning Association.

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