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Communication  Protocols
Communication  Protocols
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Communication  Protocols
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Communication  Protocols
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  • 1. Communication Protocols for Asynchronous Activities Alicia Fales
  • 2. What are asynchronous activities ?
    • In the online classroom. . .
      • conversations which are not occurring at the same time
        • threaded discussions in which each participant posts comments, questions, thoughts, and responses when s/he is available to do so
        • Participants reply and post feedback to previous comments or add new messages when they are available to do so.
        • Postings are available to others in the group.
  • 3. Responding to postings. . .
    • Participants are not required to respond to every posting—only respond to those about which you have thoughts, ideas, or questions.
    • Time limits may be set for when the discussion may take place (i.e., over a week). BUT all participants in a group are not required to be online during a set, short period of time (i.e., an hour).
  • 4. Protocols: What to do
    • Post your thoughts, ideas, questions, when you have them.
    • Check the postings regularly—at least three times weekly.
    • Respond as often as you can.
  • 5. Protocols: What to do
    • Keep your postings to school-appropriate language and topics.
      • (Remember the BCPS Telecommunications Policy! The facilitator will be reading ALL postings.)
    • Be polite and supportive of your peers.
    • Ask questions of your peers to keep the discussion moving.
    • Provide answers to your peers’ questions when you can.
  • 6. Protocols: What to do:
    • Spell-check your postings.
    • Title your postings.
    • Use color, size, font to emphasize, clarify, make your point.
    • Maintain a positive tone.
    • Quote a previous posting if you are responding to a section of it.
    • Limit your postings to a short paragraph.
    • Use emoticons:  ,  .
  • 7. Protocols: What NOT to do:
    • Do NOT. . .
      • make your peers feel uncomfortable or threatened by your comments.
      • “ gang-up” on a peer or make him/her feel unwelcome in the group.
      • discourage people who have opinions which may differ from yours.
      • send angry messages.
  • 8. Protocols: What NOT to do:
    • Do NOT
      • remove online conversations from the online setting.
      • get offended easily.
      • say anything you would not want to see published in the newspaper.
  • 9. Role of the Facilitator. . .
    • Monitor participation.
    • Monitor content of postings.
    • Encourage participation of those who are less active.
    • Ask questions as necessary to keep discussion moving.
    • Build community among participants.
    • Provide answers to questions when appropriate.
  • 10. Goal:
    • to create a supportive environment in which CRD teachers can learn from each other, share resources, and extend their thinking.