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Table 8 Strategies vs. difficulties

From: What to expect, and how to improve online discussion forums: the instructors’ perspective

IDStrategiesMentionsRelated DifficultyComments
S1Log in daily in the forumI3, I5, I6, I7AccompanimentAssists in the follow-up of the students and in obtaining the information regarding the interactions and discussions. Positive point: frequent monitoring will embed the instructor in the forum. Negative point: work overload.
S2Follow the situation of the studentsI1, I4, I5, I10, I11, I12
S3Be objectiveI2, I5, I8
S4See how students are accessing the courseI1, I6, I9, I11, I12
S5Categorize messagesI1, I8
S6Provide feedbackI1, I3, I5, I8, I9, I10, I11, I12Lack of incentiveProviding feedback and creating a friendly interaction environment is one of the ways to encourage and motivate students to participate in the forum. Positive point: more participation in the forum. Negative point: work overload.
S7Promote interactionI1, I2, I3, I6, I8, I11
S8Creating a welcoming environmentI2, I5, I8, I7, I11, I12