Creating Questions to Enhance Discussions

by Sue Schnorr on November 29, 2014

Dr. Cheri Toledo grabbed my attention from the minute I began to read her article, mind “Does your dog bite?” Creating Good Questions for Online Discussions.

She reminds us of the scene from The Pink Panther, patient when Inspector Clouseau asks, advice “Does your dog bite?” He is answered with a “No,” and immediately is bitten by the dog. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t ask the right question, “Is that your dog?”

In her article, Dr. Toledo gives tips for setting up the right environment in online classes, with icebreakers. She provides a framework for crafting questions that will force us to reach certain outcomes.  She has a handy chart that lists example questions that will probe for specific outcomes.

While her article is intended for use in the online classroom, it has benefit for anyone who wants to enhance discussions. I can see value for sales reps who want to create better discussion questions for their sales and prospecting discussions.

Take a look! You won’t be disappointed.

International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2006, Volume 18, Number 2, 150-154 http://www.isetl.org/ijtlhe/ ISSN 1812-9129

 “Does your dog bite?”

Creating Good Questions for Online Discussions

Cheri A. Toledo

Illinois State University

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