Scholarly Discussion in an Online Environment

ScholarlyDiscussion in an Online Environment

ScholarlyDiscussion in an Online Environment

Studentscan interact and communicate effectively in distance education, thesame way they do in a more familiar face-to-face class discussion.Other times, more interactions are experienced in online discussionsthan in face-to-face traditional classroom setting (La, 2010). Ofinterest is the fact that online mode of learning, not only occupiesa place in distance education, but also traditional classrooms, whichnow involves online discussions.

Principlesof scholarly discussion first recognize the type of onlinediscussions, which are asynchronous and synchronous discussions.These scholarly discussions, whichever place it is conducted, shouldhave diverse benefits and experiences in a number of ways. Secondly,scholarly discussions should give students time to think about thetopic under study and analyze what others have already done in thediscussion regardless of the type of discussion chosen (La, 2010).Scholarly discussion should also provide students with moreinformation and meaningful analysis of resources. The resourcesshould also support the student’s argument and with scholarly work.

Principlesof scholarly discussion differ from social work in that, onlineenvironment restricts the students from having a one-on-one socialexperience, and unlike social work that offers a face-to-face kind ofenvironment. Scholarly discussion also differs with social work,especially when it comes to isolation and opportunities to giveresponse. Online discussions gives and opportunity for every studentto give a response, unlike social work, which merely agrees withopinions from every angle (La, 2010). Finally, scholarly discussiondiffers from social work when it comes to archiving of informationfrom the students. There are also challenges with recording ofinformation from a social work setting.


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