Fundamentals: Engaging Learners In Online Discussions

Track : Online Learners
Delivery Mode : Asynchronous Workshop
Levels : Beginner,Intermediate
Eligible for Online Teaching Certificate elective : Yes

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 interesting 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
  • Administrators

What are the key takeaways from this workshop?

  • A self-assessment of your current practices with online discussions
  • Strategies for engaging learners in online discussions
  • A personal action plan for incorporating strategies and best practices into your discussions

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Refund Policy
If you register and pay for a OLC workshop and are unable to enroll (due to personal schedule conflicts, illness, etc), we will be happy to apply your payment to another OLC workshop in the same calendar year upon your written request to No refunds will be given.