In an online course, discussion boards take the place of many of the face-to-face interactions that students have with their professors and their fellow students. These forums are more than just a place to socialize–they’re one of the key places you get to show what you know, ask questions, and engage with the course material in a deeper and more dynamic manner.
As such, part of getting the most out of your course and making a good impression (not to mention getting a good grade), is crafting posts and responses that are of high quality.
Well, you may be thinking, that’s easy to say, but not so easy to do. And you’re right in that it will take some effort, but the benefits—deeper learning and stronger relationships with classmates and instructors to name a few–can be well worth the challenge. And like anything, the more you practice, the easier it will get.
So where do you begin? Let’s start with the basics.