Effectively Moderating Electronic Discussions
19 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2005
Date Written: May 24, 2005
While instructors are increasingly using electronic discussion boards in their classes, there is little agreement about how to best use this technology. As such, many instructors may simply attempt to use on-line discussions in the same way they use in-class discussions. There are, however, fundamental differences between the two. Because of this, the role and techniques used by moderators of on-line discussions should be different. Building on the previous work using electronic discussions to teach critical thinking in economics (Greenlaw and DeLoach 2003), this paper concentrates on strategies to effectively moderate on-line discussions. The primary job of the moderator is to insure that the discussion is continually making progress towards more advanced critical thinking. Moderator comments should be limited to helping students make the transitions associated with increasing cognitive complexity rather than leading them to pre-determined "answers."
JEL Classification: A2
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