student schedules may preclude participation in synchronous communication
communication (email, bulletin board) provides more scheduling flexibility.
of the anticipated communication format, use the first week to introduce
students and discuss rules for participating in bulletin board discussions,
email distribution, and chats.
D. Set up a
section of the bulletin board specifically for student interaction
to allow students to talk about any areas of interest.
may request students to post a short biography on a bulletin board
as a first assignment to allow students to get to know each other.
precise information about the type of communication to be
used. If synchronous, such as when a guest speaker is online,
make sure that all students are aware of the date and time
of the chat. Be aware of varied time zones that may cause
synchronous chat, remind students to think about what they
write since comments may become a legal record. Consider summarizing
the discussion so that students who missed it can review the
content. Chat tools used in many systems may provide a log
of the session.
of chat rooms:
room entries are often limited in the number of permitted
characters that may equal three or four lines of text.
is usually needed to lead a chat discussion.
of bulletin boards:
boards are able to handle longer entries and store the information
for as long as needed.
Boards can be designed with different management options
to maintain the security of the site. For example, the board
could be set up so as to allow access to anyone, or only
students enrolled in the course. The conferences also can
be managed to allow access to only certain students, which
is useful when doing group assignments.