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I will be teaching an online History of Documentary course this summer. It is the first time I've taught an online course and want to make sure to be able to use the technology appropriately to engage students and spur online discussions. For example, in the traditional classroom, one can watch a film and then create a facilitated discussion on the film's aesthetics, themes, etc. But that face-to-face conversation becomes more difficult in an online environment.
I'm initially thinking a combination of social media, online discussion boards and perhaps even remixing of films can help to engage students in the course. But I'm also sure that there are numerous other options which I haven't yet considered.