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Leading Discussions


Addressing controversial issues, Flinders University:

Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education, Kay Landis, editor, University of Alaska, Anchorage & Alaska Pacific University:

Mastering online discussion board facilitation: Resource Guide, Edutopia:

Sample rubrics:




Arend, B. (2009). Encouraging critical thinking in online threaded discussions, Journal of Educators Online, 6(1).

Baker, D.L. (2011). Designing and orchestrating online discussions. MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 7(3), 401-411.

Ezzedeen, S. (2008). Facilitating class discussions around current and controversial issues. College Teaching, Winter 2008, 230. Retrieved from:

Muller, J., & Irby, D. M. (2005). Practical teaching How to lead effective group discussions. The Clinical Teacher, 2(1), 10–15.

Macknight, C. (2000). Teaching critical thinking through online discussions, Educause Quarterly, No . 4, 2000.

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