Fostering Meaningful Interaction in Online Courses

Event date

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm


FDC 103 & Online via Zoom

Who's invited

Faculty Only


Glenn Pillsbury


(209) 667-6511


puzzle pieces ​Presented by the Office of Academic Technology
Moderated by Glenn Pillsbury, Instructional Designer

Special Guests

Dr. Betsy Eudey (Gender Studies)
Dr. Daniel Soodjinda (Liberal Studies)

Facilitating interaction among online students represents a significant challenge for online instructors, especially new ones. It’s easy enough to set up a text discussion board and require students to make a certain number of posts and replies, and then grade them. However, we all know that there’s more to it to make that activity truly meaningful.

This presentation and conversation strive to address three main topics in this regard:

  1. Creating successful discussion content (i.e., asking good questions)
  2. Exploring the mechanics of the interaction that makes it meaningful (i.e., what will the students experience, and how will it be managed and assessed?)
  3. Utilizing the right technology for the kind of interaction being sought (i.e., which technology will you use?)

Profs. Eudey and Soodjinda will help flesh out these topics with real-world examples from their own teaching practices using the Blackboard discussion board and Zoom web meetings. Employing VoiceThread for interaction will also be discussed.


In-person attendees: RSVP to Emy Barsley at
Remote attendees: Use Zoom

Light refreshments will be provided.

Event Accommodations
Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing special accommodations or who have questions about physical access may email or call (209) 667-6511 in advance of the event.