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A Few Suggestions for Synchronous Discussion Guidelines (Tapped In)

For people new to chats:
1. Be Patient: Remember that with time, your typing will become as fluid as your speaking. But for now, just do the best you can and be tolerant for errors of your peers. Read creatively. We will assume that all of your misspellings and grammar mistakes are typo errors so don't try to go back and correct them unless the meaning is unclear. We can figure out "your" for "you" or "student" for "studetn" so just let go of it.

2. Holding on to the floor: If you are not finished with a thought, use "…") at the end. It tells others that you are still typing. If you have the "floor" and others are waiting...it is better to send the message in phases. If there are lots of people talking, it is better to finish your turn and then post.

3. It is hard not to have overlapping talk, but there are lots of ways of handling this. If you are talking at the same time...try an emote (:waits for Tara to ask her question.)

MargaretR waits for Tara to ask her question.


MichaelD invites KarenE to continue.

After BernardB speaks

TaraC wonders what Kari was going to say.

4. Stay on topic and share only messages that are relevant to the subject of the discussion group and until everyone that wants to say something about that topic has spoken. Do not perpetuate off topic comments. If someone makes an inappropriate comment do not add more noise by replying to it in the discussion. (Of course this advice assumes you can tell what is off topic. And in truth we will have 1-3 topics going at most times. You will freak at 2 at the beginning but with time you will be able to sort and listen to 2 or even 3 conversational threads at a time. But more than that and we all go nuts.

5. If you have specific ideas, resources or questions you want to share during a discussion, you can type them into the pasteboard (or a word processor) and then "copy" and "paste" the text into the talk window...BUT remember not to have returns in the text as a return ends your turn of talk and the next bit will be new a line.

Margaret says "the first line of text"
Margaret says "followed with text after the return"
Margaret says "followed by text after the next return"

6. We will develop common abbreviations, acronyms and symbols to simplify typing. If you are going to use an abbreviation often that may not have a common understanding, define it the first time you use it. Common one are

BTW - By the way.
BRB - Be right back.
IMHO - In my humble opinion.
LOL- Laughing out loud

LOLROF-Laughing out loud, rolling on the floor

7. Remember that it is easy to misinterpret words when you have no accompanying facial, body, or tone expressions to give additional meaning to those words. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Use emote (:), think(/think) or signs (/sign) to tell us know when you are confused, upset or concerned.

:is confused
MargaretR is confused

/think This is going to fast
MargaretR... o 0 O (This is going to Fast)

 8. Use Metaphorical Language. Language and communications in online learning is very dynamic and has the potential of being extremely intense. Systems of symbolism, such as metaphors, stories, quotations and reflections use emotions to create culture and nonverbal gestures for online language. The use of metaphorical language is one of the most powerful forms of communication, and helps to build the sense of community within the online learning environment. Metaphors allow us to make connections by applying some degree of commonality to a subject perhaps otherwise obscure. It helps to create a mental picture-a visual that not only gives clarity to meaning, but also promotes retention of the new understanding being reached. Metaphorical language is also powerful in the sense that, by naming an actual object, and applying it to an idea, the object itself temporarily becomes part of the defining properties, yet retains its original meanings, which allow the connection in the mind to take place.

from Dr. Riel's Webiste: http://gsep.pepperdine.edu/%7Emriel/edc641/schedule.html



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