IALLT Webinar: Are discussion forums really interactive? Ideas for purposeful asynchronous communication

As a service to the language learning and teaching community during COVID-19, the IALLT Board has made this webinar open to all. IALLT webinars, which happen about once a month, are open to all, and webinar archives are a member benefit.

Presenter: Florencia Henshaw

Description: Discussion boards are the quintessential tool for asynchronous communication in online environments. However, typical forum posts resemble individual writing assignments followed by an obligatory and oftentimes vague response component, involving “at least two classmates who don’t have any replies yet.” In this webinar, I propose a different way of approaching asynchronous communication assignments, which aligns more closely with our goal of helping students to develop communicative ability in the target language. I will share several examples and ideas for novice, intermediate, and advanced learners, as well as some tips to minimize cheating.


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