The Online Discussion Challenge

Discussion forums are one of  the most used platforms for online communication and community development.  A discussion forum is primarily a text-based mode of communication where someone will post a start to a threaded message and people will respond to that thread. Often, many threads can be going at the same time, with longer-lasting discussions. The design and structure of discussions with guidelines or “rules of the road” are a critical part of an online facilitator’s role.

In this four week online workshop you  will plan and develop asynchronous discussion forums, that are managed in ways that create high levels of online learning.

This online workshop takes place  in Laulima using the Laulima Forums tool.

 Your Goals

Week 1

  • Create an introductory discussion
  • Create encouraging courteous discussions

Week 2

  • Create a divergent question, from your course/assignment learning objectives, that asks learners to explore, and analyze, synthesize or evaluate knowledge, and project, or predict different outcomes.
  • Create an evaluative question, from your course/assignment learning objectives, that asks learners to reflect.

Week 3

  • Create a plan for a peer review discussion.
  • Create a discussion strategy that helps learners meet your course or assignment objectives.

Week 4

  • Create a strategy for facilitating online discussions
  • Create a strategy for summarizing discussions.

Register for The Laulima Challenge on January 8, 2014

Laulima is the University of Hawaii’s online collaborative learning environment. You can use Laulima to organize class materials, streamline communication with your students (including feedback on assignments and grades), reduce paper use, and increase student engagement for your online and face-to-face classes. In this fun and interactive challenge, you will work with a partner to learn how to use Laulima’s basic tools so you can set-up your courses for the upcoming semester.

Bring your laptop, an electronic copy of your syllabus, and an assignment.

Visit The Laulima Challenge webpage for more info.

Laulima Tools

 Overview

Laulima is the University of Hawaii’s online Collaboration and Learning Environment. Laulima provides students with accessibility to course content and communication tools for interaction with the instructor and other students within the course. A course offered through Laulima can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the Internet. Some courses will use Laulima as a supplement to their traditional face-to-face course. Other courses will deliver all of the course material, testing, and communication within Laulima as a totally online course.

Laulima

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Overview

Laulima is the University of Hawaii’s online collaborative learning environment. You can use Laulima to organize class materials, streamline communication with your students (including feedback on assignments and grades), reduce paper use, and increase student engagement for your online and face-to-face classes.

If this is your first time using Laulima or would prefer a more guided approach to using Laulima, consider registering for the Laulima Challenge workshop to get the basics you need to use Laulima as both a student and instructor.

For a self-service option, use the links in the left menu to get a jump start on a few things to do before, during, and at the end of the semester. Use the links on the right if you want to find specific information on a particular tool in Laulima.

 Educational Uses

  • Use as a course management site to manage all your course content, syllabus, activities, assessments, grades, etc.
  • Communicate with your students through Mailtool, Forums, Chat tools, and others.
  • See award-winning examples of how Leeward CC instructors use Laulima.

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Getting Started

Top FAQs:

  • What to do if a course/tab is missing? video
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