The best online courses create learning communities in which all learners have a sense that they are part of a friendly, supportive group. They eagerly post in the forums, and they respond to each other quickly in a positive and productive way. They share their thoughts, impressions, and one starts to feel as though people are really getting to know each other. Learning is fun, even exhilarating. Some students can't wait to log on and participate.
There are a few tried and tested ways to optimize the interactive forum experience. Here is a brief list: