Why Internet Forums Are Great


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Why Internet Forums Are Great

  1. 1. Why Internet Forums are great
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  3. 3. Internet Forums are better! <ul><li>Asynchronous – Anyone can post anytime anywhere. </li></ul><ul><li>Democratic – everyone has a chance to have a say </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible – Link to websites, attach documents </li></ul><ul><li>Trackable – easy to review and see who said what. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>I think this and here’s why… </li></ul><ul><li>For this reason </li></ul><ul><li>This reason and </li></ul><ul><li>This reason </li></ul>This is what I think… reply I see why you think that but I think you’re wrong - you’ve forgotten this reason, and also this reason. Also what about this reason? Re: This is what I think… reply That reason doesn’t apply in this case Re: This is what I think… reply I agree with you – there’s also this reason and this reason. I can see why people would disagree for this reason, but that’s not a very good reason. Re: This is what I think… reply
  5. 5. Subscribing <ul><li>Receive an email copy of every post to a forum </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle subscribes you by default when you post to a forum </li></ul><ul><li>You don’t have to constantly check the forum for new posts </li></ul><ul><li>Can generate a lot of email. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Student Voice : The Facebook debate <ul><li>As most of you have noticed by now Facebook has been blocked on the Aquinas network. This was decided due to the extreme pressure on IT resources at this time of year - which caused the dropin to become excessively crowded and the internet slowing down as our connection couldn't cope with the demand. </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook is a very popular site but is not academically required by any course in college and so is not an appropriate use of our limited IT resources. We hope that this decision will result in easier access to PCs in college and a more reliable internet connection. </li></ul><ul><li>If you have any opinions on this decision (positive or negative)  please post them to this forum - http://moodle.aquinas.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=264 </li></ul>
  7. 8. Student Voice : The Facebook debate <ul><li>“ If this was an office or work situation in the outside world… one would not be allowed to access recreational activities on the net for many reasons, including those college has given for banning facebook, unless it is purely work-realated. To do so would result in warnings and ultimatley one being fired. This is no exaggeration. This is reality. See college as a means of preparing one for the realities of the work place. One wants to be treated like an adult, college is trying to treat one like an adult. See college as a means of one practicing and learning self-control and how not to be self-centred ie: if one needs to do work but can't because there are no computers, one not doing work should offer their computer to that person - unfotunatley we do not live in a utopian world. To ban facebook is the most soundest option available without further regulations and supervision that will only be claimed to be like school and limiting one's freedom.  ” </li></ul>
  8. 9. Student Voice : The Facebook debate <ul><li>“ I agree, which is precisely why I said people wishing to work should have priority .  Key word priority.  Infringement of a lesser right to uphold a greater right is not consistent except in specific circumstances where it actually does uphold the greater right; this would be a minority of cases, and each can be dealt with individually.” </li></ul>
  9. 10. Student Voice : The Facebook debate <ul><li>“ I think this discussion should have taken place before, facebook was &quot;banned&quot;. … Students use facebook to interact with their friends, family and relatives and I'm pretty sure that one or two projects at Aquinas have used facebook for stuff.“ </li></ul>
  10. 11. Student Voice : The Facebook debate <ul><li>“ I would agree with everyone with thier ideas on the ban! </li></ul><ul><li>the drop-in is used for catchup and coursework but it is also used to spend leisure time when people are on thier free time. </li></ul><ul><li>I agree with John in particular because the romainian exchange has a facebook page and they have recently asked to upload photos of the trip to the facebook page also the india project has a facebook page which allows people to be aware of any new developments/idea's </li></ul><ul><li>However I fail to see how facebook makes the drop-in over crowded eveytime i go to the drop-in (usually between periods 5 and 7) there is always a computer that is free. ” </li></ul>
  11. 12. Student Voice : The Facebook debate <ul><li>“ there's no way to counter argue the simple fact that computers that people need to do college work are being taken up by people on facebook which is not what they are for at the end of the day. and that is complete rubbish, ive waited 10 minutes and not managed to find a computer. i still don't see what the problem with going on facebook at home is? “ </li></ul>
  12. 13. Student Voice : The Facebook debate <ul><li>Digital natives - Students very comfortable in an online environment </li></ul><ul><li>Logged and monitored – Students already communicate outside of college using MSN/facebook etc – using a moodle forum can give you access to their discussions. </li></ul><ul><li>Students feel valued/listened to. </li></ul><ul><li>Problems with abusive messages – however reduced when action was taken and students mainly self-moderated. </li></ul>
  13. 14. And finally… <ul><li>“ Ok an example of not needing Facebook to coordinate work? I have Wendy for chemistry and at the end of each moduel we usually do a presentation to the class about a specific part of the module etc.  Did we use Facebook whilst in college to coordinate our work? No, we used a forum that Wendy had setup for us in Moodle which was perfectly adequate for the task.  Ok Im fully aware that there will be some tutors at college that will not know how to setup a forum on their subjects Moodle page.  I'm sure there would be plenty of IT staff or other tutors that would be willing to show them.” </li></ul>