Share Paper: Instructor’s Role in Ensuring Successful Online Discussions

  1. Yu-mei Wang, University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States
Friday, June 29 2:45 PM-3:05 PM Mount Princeton

Abstract: With proliferation of online access in educational settings, online discussion has been integrated not only in online courses, but also in blended and even face-to-face courses. The instructor’s role is essential in ensuring successful online discussion. The instructor needs to wear various hats in designing, facilitating, and assessing online discussion. This presentation discusses the instructor’s role in online discussions. Through the practice of offering discussion-based online courses, the presenter identifies seven roles the instructor plays: (1) instructor as an instructional designer; (2) instructor as an architect; (3) instructor as a regulator; (4) instructor as an organizer; (5) instructor as a ...