Important Guidelines for the Discussion Forum
vulgarity or other inappropriate language as this forum is a
world-wide representation of our class that anyone can read!
principled disagreement is encouraged, do not personally attack authors of posts
- Stay on
task- online discussion should not be used for discussion
unrelated to class readings/topics
- Be as
concise and to-the-point as possible
- Because of
the difference in format, comments online can appear differently than
they would in a verbal discussion, and although written with the best
intentions, some online comments can be misconstrued
as hostile. Such comments will be dealt with appropriately.
- All are
required to participate in the discussion on some level. Participation
will be noted by the instructor, so use your real name!
- Be tolerant
of classmates’ lack of discourse-specific knowledge of and about
Using the Discussion Forum
Instructors will divide the class into five groups, and assign each group a number from one to five. Each group's number will correspond to the number of the discussion forum to which they will be posting.
Discussion Forum Exercise
At this point, you should be learning how to write a synthesis essay. In your groups, discuss the main points from Plato/Freire. Respond to one other person in your group, addressing points you'd like clarified or those that seem off target. Remember, the object here is to compile a list of main points in preparation for synthesizing Plato and Freire in class.
Discussion Forum Questions
- What are some of the differences between classroom discussions and those that take place online?
- What are the advantages of online discussions? What are the disadvantages?
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