CDTA17002 | Learning Management System, Collaborative Learning, Online Teaching
Facilitating effective online discussions using LumiNUS
For NUS Staff
Credit Hours: 1.00
Fee: Free

Online discussions are a great way of extending classroom discussions and learning by getting students to engage with course materials and readings. A discussion forum is one of the most frequently used learning technology tools that supports online discussion. It is an alternative form of communication to in-class, verbal discussion – whether simply to provide variety in the subject, to meet the different needs and preferences of individuals, or to allow students time to reflect on the debate and consider their response before contributing. Forums allow for time-delayed communication and asynchronous learning – anytime, anywhere. This fully online self-learning module focuses on the use of Forums in LumiNUS and provides you examples of using discussions in your modules.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • differentiate asynchronous and synchronous communication tools; 
  • facilitate and manage discussions using forums; and 
  • reflect on ways to enhance student-teacher interaction both inside and outside the classroom.



Kiruthika RAGUPATHI, Associate Director, CDTL
Charina ONG, Senior Education Technologist, CIT

Offered by the Centre for Development of Teaching & Learning (CDTL)