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What is Asynchronous Online Discussion

Handbook of Research on Engaging Immigrant Families and Promoting Academic Success for English Language Learners
A discussion conducted on an online forum, where students respond to an instructor’s discussion prompt or one another’s discussion posts, typically at different times of the day or week. Asynchronous discussions allow students to think about others’ responses and carefully craft their own before posting.
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Teaching for Diversity Online: A Teacher Educator's Perspective
Johanna M. Tigert (University of Massachusetts – Lowell, USA) and Argyro Aloupis Armstrong (University of Massachusetts – Lowell, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8283-0.ch001
Existing gaps in teacher education programs impact programs' ability to provide teachers with effective teaching practices for use in diverse classrooms. Higher education institutions attempting to address culturally relevant pedagogy through online courses struggle to create meaningful learning opportunities for students especially when they do not have opportunities to work with diverse populations outside of class. This chapter discusses the challenges a higher education faculty member and her doctoral assistant faced when teaching an accelerated 10-week online course titled Educating Diverse Populations. The asynchronous nature of the online course and the optionality of the online group chats disrupted the process of class dialogue and interactions normally found in traditional face-to-face courses. However, reflecting on a variety of autobiographical resources and participating in weekly discussion posts assisted students to better incorporate culturally relevant pedagogy into their teaching practices.
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Using Case Methods in Online Teacher Education to Develop Culturally Sustaining Educators
Computer-mediated, usually text-based communication, such as in a message board or forum, where participants may contribute individually to a topic or discussion on their own time. In online education, this usually occurs within an assigned time-frame, such as a week.
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Cultivating Teaching Presence and Social Presence Through Multimedia Intervention
A form of discussion that happens asynchronously (not in real time) in an online environment where discussion prompts are provided to facilitate communication and collaboration among participants.
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Methodological Considerations for Quantitative Content Analysis of Online Interactions
A computer-mediated communication that can support interactions among participants separated by time and space.
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Building Relationship Through Discussion: Innovative Ideas to Connect and Empower
Participants engage in discussion at different times by posting messages or comments on digital platforms (e.g., forums, discussion boards, or email threads).
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Building Pre-Service Teachers' Conscious Awareness of Their Literacy Cognitive Processes and Ability to Prepare Quality Think-Alouds
A discussion that occurs online in which participants contribute to the discussion at different times, rather than simultaneously.
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