Modeling Postings to Improve Online Discussion

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Discussions in online courses are both an opportunity and a problem. They are an opportunity for students to think more deeply about topics and respond to opposing views without the pressure of having to come up with a response on the spot in front of others. Yet they are often the bane of students who complain that their online discussions are just an exercise in repeating what others have said.

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