Learning and Evaluating with Online Discussion Forums

  • Tuesday, October 9, 2012
  • part 1
  • part 2
  • part 3
  • part 4


  • Laurence Lachapelle-Bégin, Vitrine Technologie Éducation


  • Nathan Loewen, Vanier College
  • Yves R. Morin, Collège Marie-Victorin

The current popularity of virtual environments, distance learning and mobile devices in education increase the need for systems that allow students and teachers to discuss and share extended reflections online, in more than 140 characters. Fortunately, a valuable tool has been available on the Web, and possibly on your institution’s learning management system, for many years : the discussion forum.

In this first EdTech Webinar of 2012-2013, Nathan Loewen, Humanities Teacher at Vanier College, and Yves R. Morin, Fashion Marketing Teacher at Collège Marie-Victorin, will present their experience on the use of online discussion forums with their students and tell us about their pedagogical relevance, in a social media context.

Related questions and issues

  • How much effort must be put to integrate a forum in a course?
  • Are there strategies to engage students to participate in an online forum?
  • Can a forum help to lighten the burden of evaluation?
  • Are forums efficient to reach students and support them in their homework?

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