Episode PA006: Practical Strategies for Online Discussions

by Jim and Beth Harger | The Professional Adjunct Podcast

On this podcast we review the three guiding principles of conduction effective online discussions: establishing a safe space to learn, empowering learners, and providing feedback.

Please send us your comments to jimharger@proadjunct.com or post them on our blog at www.professionaladjunct.com.

The references used in this presentations are:

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