Teach your learners to ask questions
In order to develop higher reasoning skills and promote possibility thinking, have learners generate their own questions.
“By hearing students’ thoughts, voices and questions through text, audio, and video postings, we come to know their minds and current knowledge structures” (Boettcher, & Conrad, 2010, p. 160).
Boettcher and Conrad offer the following suggestions in having learners develop questions on their own or in small teams:
- Play Stump the Faculty Member – learners develop scenarios or questions for faculty
- Set up a discussion board to discuss problems that they have addressed and those that they are still
- post a statement, article, scenario or video on the discussion board and ask learners to develop questions
that they would like to have answered to address the problem.
- Have an open forum, where learners develop questions related to readings and challenge fellow learners to
find the answers.