How to Support Engaging and Thoughtful Discussions Online

Held: July 24, 2020, 10:00-11:30 a.m. as part of the Center for Transformative Teaching's July Workshop Series


  • Eric M. French, instructional designer, CTT
  • Steven Cain, instructional designer, CTT


This workshop helped participants develop their skills at cultivating online discussions. The first part of the session focused on having a good synchronous discussion online by using effective prompts and techniques. The second part focused on asynchronous discussions, using discussion boards. The final portion of the session provided an in-depth demonstration of how to use either the Yellowdig or the Canvas discussion platform.


  • Welcome
  • Discussion Principles​
  • Synchronous Considerations​
  • Asynchronous Considerations
  • Discussion Board Orientations (Demonstration of Canvas and Yellowdig)

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The presentation was recorded and is available via VidGrid with closed captioning.

Breakout Session Recordings

Demonstration of Yellowdig

Demonstration of Canvas