Luma Connection #45: Research-Based Discussions

Collaboration and connection are important for our social-emotional well-being. Importantly, Luma has conducted research and published the benefits for creating learning communities remotely. This year, Luma will provide specific strategies you can implement to connect learners remotely. We are calling these strategies our Luma Connections.

Teaching Tool: LumaLive®
Nugget the MascotThis is Luma’s synchronous or same time meeting tool. This online tool allows learners to interact with each other to explore a topic and to discuss key concepts, share experiences, interact with each other, and to ask questions in real time. Interactions are in real-time and can be mentor-learner, learner-to-content, learner-to-self, and learner-to-learner.

Research-Based Discussions

Constructivist learning is a theory of learning in which learners construct their understanding of a concept through exploration, such as research. Consider conducting research-based discussions to help learners find the information versus telling them.

Here are some ideas for integrating learner research into online discussions.

  • Debate it. Have learners research and defend evidence in a friendly debate.
  • Jigsaw it. Have learners research different aspects of a topic. You can have multiple learners research the same element and compare and combine their research to present it to the class.
  • Teach it. Have learners share their topic-related research with the class. Challenge learners to present their research to help their peers understand and remember the information. This can be used with the Jigsaw approach.
  • Find the answer. If a learner asks a content related question. Have learners research the answer to a content-related question and then confirm the answer versus provide it.

Tip: When having learners conduct research, create research questions or have learners generate research questions. Questions guide and focus research more clearly than broad topics.

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