This presentation will draw key insights from 21 years of online teaching, with a focus on asynchronous online discussion, student perspectives, and teacher workloads. Alongside research insights, you will receive practical suggestions, with an invitation to join the conversation and share your insights about online discussion from your own viewpoint and context. You do not need to have been teaching online for 21 years to participate.
The research that underlies this session is the article ‘Student expectations of peers in academic asynchronous online discussion‘, published in the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning last year.
Dr Dianne Forbes (EdD) is a former primary school teacher and is now a senior lecturer in teacher education and digital learning at The University of Waikato Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato. She has more than two decades of experience as an online teacher. Dianne has a long-standing interest in asynchronous online discussion and in innovative online pedagogies, including student-led podcasts, video, social media, and flipped/blended learning. Her research interests focus on human, social, and relational dimensions of learning through digital technologies, including ethics and professionalism. A consistent focus of her work is the perspectives and experience of students and teachers as participants in digital learning.