Resources for Online Discussion Moderators

Starting and Managing Email Based Discussion Lists

A Few Good Email Discussion List Tools
This resource offers information on the benefits of discussion lists as well practical suggestions for choosing certain list tools.

How to Manage an Email Discussion List to Invite Collaboration
This provides tips and guidelines for maximizing collaboration and participation.


Generating and Facilitating Effective and Engaging Online Discussion
This comprehensive guide offers a variety of resources for maintaining lively and focused online discussion.

Hosting: Online Moderator Guidelines and Community Building Tips
Find out the specific responsibilities of an online host as well as tips for generating thought-provoking discussion questions.

Key Tips for Online Moderators/Facilitators
The Industry Skills Council offers a variety of practical tips for moderators.

Moderating Effective Online Discussions
Arizona State University offers 39 tips as well information on structure and participation in online discussions.

Online Communication Using Discussion Boards- This comprehensive guide offers information on discussion boards and strategies on how best to use discussion tools.

Tips for Facilitating an Environmental Email List- A useful and detailed guide to facilitating any email discussion list.

Scholarly Discussion Groups

Discussing the Nineteenth Century: Groups and Blogs
This website offers a variety of blogs and online discussion groups on Victorian literature and history.

Guide to Online Biblical Greek Communities
This resource provides links to several online Biblical Greek communities.

HFilm Discussion Network
A member of the H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine,H-Film encourages scholarly discussion of cinema history and uses of the media.

Johannine Literature
Johannine Literature” is an on-line group dedicated to the scholarly discussion of the Fourth Gospel and the Letters of John.

Teaching Online

A Teacher’s Guide to Moderating Online Discussion Forums
This manual is designed to provide insight into the “virtual classroom” and techniques for effective online teaching

Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education
The CITE Journal is an online, peer-reviewed journal, established and jointly sponsored by five professional associations.

DE Hub
This searchable web database contains details of books, articles, conference papers and reports on various aspects of distance and online education, from publishers in Australia and overseas.

Current Models of Digital Scholarly Communication: Results of an Investigation Conducted by Ithaka Strategic Services for the Association of Research Libraries
This report published by the Association of Research Libraries identifies and analyzes eight principle types of digital scholarly resources.

Electronic Journal for the Integration of Technology in Education
This journal features research findings, practical articles, book and software reviews, and commentary on topics of interest to those educators and others.

Journal of Technology Education
This online journal features articles on the latest developments in technology education.

Using Discussions in Online Courses: The Importance of Interactivity
This publication outlines the importance of interactivity in online courses as well as offers best practices and strategies.

Computer Conferencing for Professional Development

Computer Conferencing and the Humanities
This resource provides information on computer conferencing for Humanities based courses.

Computer Conferencing, Critical Reflection, and Teacher Development
This publication analyzes the impact of computer conferencing on teacher reflection and professional development.

International Council for Open and Distance Education
The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) is the leading global membership organization for the open and distance education community.

The Role of the Online Instructor/Facilitator
This article lists the roles and functions of the online instructor in computer conferencing.

Dissertations and Theses Online

Stanford University’s African Studies Theses and Dissertations- Stanford University provides an extensive online collection of African Studies dissertations.

MIT Theses
This collection allows users to search by topic or category.

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
The Networked Digital Library of These and Dissertations (NDLTD) an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETD

Virginia Tech Digital Library and Archives
Search by topic or category for dissertations at Virginia Tech’s Digital Library and Archives.

Internet Etiquette

Internet Literacy
This resource provides information on proper online protocol.

Purdue Owl: Email Etiquette
Purdue University’s writing lab outlines the essentials for email etiquette.

12 Tips for Better Email Etiquette
Microsoft’s 12 Tips include advice on tone, concision, and blind copy, among others.