An online discussion forum is a web-based communication tool (or activity) that enables participants to post messages and to reply to others' messages asynchronously. Unlike the real-time (synchronous) discussions of chat rooms and instant messaging the online discussion typically lasts longer and gives students time to think about what they are going to contribute. This activity is available in iLearn.
Online discussion forums provide an ideal activity for the facilitation of three types of interactions: learner-learner, learner-teacher, learner-content
You can use the online discussion forum to post important messages to the entire class, generate class discussions, facilitate peer review and evaluate students based on their responses to open-ended questions. You can conduct online discussions with your students in iLearn.
In an online discussion, the participants discuss about a specific problem or situation. Learners discuss a predefined topic and practice arguing in explaining their position.
Tricider is a tool to engage students in the decision-making process of the class. This online survey system allows someone (the teacher) to write an idea and then let the students collaborate adding new ones, giving instant feedback, adding pros and cons and finally making them part of the class. It's a great tool to develop argumentative skills.