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The Toolbox is an online professional development newsletter offering innovative learner-centered strategies for empowering college students to achieve greater success. The newsletter is published six times a year, and the online subscription is free.

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Volume 14, Issue 3

Engaging Students in Online Discussions: A Digital Pathway to Engagement

As institutions explore varied strategies for enhancing the quantity and quality of their online and blended learning options, the online discussion forum provides an effective way to connect students with one another and course content. This issue of The Toolbox offers strategies for creating vibrant online discussions for students as a pathway to engagement.

 

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Brad Garner serves as Director of Faculty Enrichment in the Center for Learning and Innovation at Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU). Garner has been actively involved for several years in directing and teaching the first-year seminar on his campus.  Currently, he leads faculty enrichment efforts across the entire University.  One of his greatest passions is helping faculty learn new and creative ways to teach and engage students.

Prior to moving into higher education, Garner’s career was focused on program and faculty development in P-12 public school settings where he worked as a classroom teacher, school psychologist, and administrator. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops in the United States and Europe and has authored and coauthored several publications, including A Brief Guide to Teaching Millennial Learners (2007), A Brief Guide to Teaching Adult Learners (2009), and Teaching the First-Year Seminar (2012). His book, Getting Employed, Staying Employed, was recognized and honored as a Book of the Year by the President's Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities. Most recently, Garner has been working with groups of teachers in Bosnia as part of an Educational Leadership Institute designed to empower teachers to be change agents in their own communities and schools. He also works with men in a faith- and character-based initiative at Indiana's largest correctional facility.

 

 

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