Student Guidelines for Online Discussions
Online discussions can help you reflect on reading, connect with classmates, and learn from others. Here are some guidelines to follow during online discussions. Together we can build a safe and fun community for online learning
Even though you aren’t with your teachers and classmates in a in a school, chatting with them in online discussions will help you stay connected.
If you wouldn’t say it in the classroom, don’t say it online.
Remember there’s a real person behind the screen.
Before you post a comment, double-check it for correct capitalization and punctuation.
Here are some conversation tips:
Ask strong questions. During a discussion, avoid asking yes or no questions or questions that require a one-word answer. Encourage others to respond to your comments by including questions. Here are some examples:
Give meaningful feedback. Your comments should go beyond simply agreeing or disagreeing with what another classmate says. Try to continue the conversation by adding a new idea or offering an opinion, question, or connection to consider. Some good sentence starters are:
Refer to the text. When discussing an article, don’t forget to support your comments with text evidence.