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Student-Led Facilitation Strategies in Online Discussions


Distance Education Volume 30, Number 3, ISSN 0158-7919


This study explored student-led facilitation strategies used to overcome the challenges of instructor-dominated facilitation, enhance the sense of learning community, and encourage student participation in online discussions. It presents a series of cases of students' facilitation strategies and using qualitative data analysis of discussion threads within the naturalistic inquiry framework, identifies three facilitation strategies: inspirational; practice-oriented; and highly structured. The study shows that these facilitation strategies generated innovative ideas, motivated students to participate, and provided a risk-free and relaxed atmosphere for participation.


Baran, E. & Correia, A.P. (2009). Student-Led Facilitation Strategies in Online Discussions. Distance Education, 30(3), 339-361. Retrieved July 18, 2019 from .

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