Teaching online courses requires engagement and interaction with the learners to help develop and expand their learning. Here are some best practices for Teaching Online using the Threaded Discussions:
1. Check the Discussion frequently, respond appropriately, and stay on subject.
2. Provide a little background on yourself in the discussions. Learners appreciate learning more about you, it helps create connection with the students, and you can share your professional, real-world experiences.
3. Personalize your question or response. Address your message in the discussions to the person by using his or her name, for example, “Mary, thanks for your suggestions on professional development opportunities for directors. Did you consider other alternatives….”
4. Focus on one subject per message. Ask a specific question to start a conversation.
5. Invite a response to your comment by asking another open-ended question.
Lehman, R.M & Conceicao, S. C. O. (2010). Creating a Sense of Presence in Online Teaching: How to “Be There” For Distance Learners. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass