Role-Playing for Improved Online Discussion

Despite a faculty member's best efforts, online discussions often degenerate into students simply taking turns answering the original question rather than genuinely speaking to one another. One problem is that many students feel that it is not their place to criticize peers. This might be the result of the emphasis on inclusion in k-12 education, which is admirable, but could also be making students hesitant to challenge each other's ideas.

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