A Framework for Increasing Critical Thinking, Student Engagement, and Knowledge Construction in Online Discussions

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Faculty often use discussion strategies to engage their students and push them into higher levels of learning. But many instructors we have talked to have noticed that discussions can often feel like busywork or small talk. Providing structure is one way to elevate discussions from surface-level information sharing to higher levels of knowledge construction (Darabi, 2011).


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