Assessing discussion postings, WebCT
Ideas for assessing and scoring students' contributions to class discussion areas.
Communication tools and resources, WebCT
Broad collection of resources related to online discussions, including articles and websites, specifics of using online tools (like WebCT), and ideas for using discussion tools in your course.
Instructors' Guide to Computer Conferencing, Dr. Mary-Anne Andrusyszyn
Large site (organized like a digital research paper) addressing instructional strategies, course design, features of the online environment, course evaluation, and references.
Online Community Toolkit, Full Circle Associates
Collection of research and resource sites related to the creation and conduct of online communities. Site includes a "what's new" section, information on facilitation, case studies of online communities, and relevant links.
Resources for online moderators, eModerators
Addresses a range of "computer conferencing" issues (including listserv moderation and K-12 interest sites). This site is moderated by Mauri Collins and Zane Berge, moderators of one of the oldest distance education listservs.
Theory and practice of computer conferencing, Western Behavioral Sciences Institute and San Diego State University
Chapter from (1989) Mindweave: communication, computers and distance education. Extensive discussion of the online communication environment.
Types of online forums, eModerators
Useful overview of the types of online forums and their capabilities and effective applications.