Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)

CELT Podcast: Dr. Maya Aloni

Tips for Improving Online Discussion Boards

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Maya Aloni, is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Western Connecticut State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, and her bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Toledo. Her research interests center on close romantic relationships and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. In the area of close relationships, she studies how people form impressions of and stereotype romantic partners with dietary restrictions. Her pedagogical research has focused on teaching strategies for improving the quality of discussions both within the classroom and in online discussion boards. In this podcast she will be offering tips for improving online discussion boards based on her recently published literature review.

To read the full article please click on the link below:

Aloni, M., & Harrington, C. (2018). Research based practices for improving the effectiveness of asynchronous online discussion boards. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, 4, 271.

For further reading, see:

Hew, K. F., Cheung, W. S., & Ng, C. S. L. (2010). Student contribution in asynchronous online discussion: A review of the research and empirical exploration. Instructional Science, 38, 571–606.

Paul, R., & Elder, L. (2016). The thinker’s guide to Socratic questioning. Tomales, CA: Foundation for Critical Thinking Press.

Strang, K. D. (2011). How can discussion forum questions be effective in online MBA courses? Campus-Wide Information Systems, 28, 80–92.

Special thanks to Peter Puccio and Scott Volpe for recording this podcast.