10. Discussion-Based Online Course [Amanda Haertling Thein & Tim Oldakowski, Pittsburgh]


In their online course, Theory and Practice in Teaching Multicultural Literature, the authors used different tools to encourage discussion and reflection. The focus was encouraging student interaction to critically engage students in the material.


2 Responses to 10. Discussion-Based Online Course [Amanda Haertling Thein & Tim Oldakowski, Pittsburgh]

  1. Interesting article. One thing I’m curious about is why they chose to use wikis for discussion? It seems like they did use the Blackboard discussion tool for the dialogue journals, so I assume Blackboard wasn’t abandoned all together. I guess because I don’t think of wikis for discussion, I’m curious about the decision to use them for discussion.

    • Tim Oldakowski says:

      Hi Denise,

      We decided to use the wiki for discussion because it seems to a more open forum for whole class discussion. In the discussion board, the topics are threaded, and once you click on reply you get a blank box to type your response. When this happens, you loose the topic and have to try to remember what was said. In the wiki, an individual can respond right underneath another student or the instructor, or he or she can even move below a certain question. In the wiki there is less opening and closing and the entire discussion is in front of the student.

      I hope this helps. If you try this format, I would love to hear about your experience. Please feel free to email Tio3@pitt.edu if you have any further questions.


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