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Discussion boards are a prominent feature of most online courses. In fact, I’m teaching a Literature & Composition course now, and it that requires students to post to 11 different discussion forums over an 8-week period! Although most classes don’t demand *such* an extreme level of involvement in discussion forums, the majority of online courses do require weekly or biweekly participation.

Why?

Online education has a number of advantages; it’s convenient, it’s flexible, and it’s affordable. Thanks to developments in online learning, more people are pursuing their education and advancing their careers! However, the virtual classroom can be a very lonely place. Discussion forums offer students and instructors an opportunity to come together, exchange ideas, and learn from one another.

So, it’s important to devote plenty of time and energy to your posts. Here are some things you can do to get the most of each discussion experience:

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