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  • Discussion Forums
    Discussions How To A Final Thought Print Friendly Page Authors Contributors Discussion Forums Discussion forums provide valuable spaces for instructors and students to exchange ideas and writing beyond the classroom Instructors use discussion forums to generate topics for writing have students respond to an assigned reading promote discussion on a topic and for peer review More on Discussion Forums Post Edit Reply Uses Benefits Considerations Example Post Example Response to

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/teaching/onlinediscussions/forums.cfm (2015-10-15)
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  • To Post, Edit, or Reply to a Message
    have to scroll down to see it Then give your message a title and type your message in text box When you ve finished your message scroll down and click on the gray Submit button To Edit a Message Click on your posted message Then click on the green Edit button on the top of the screen After you ve made changes to your text scroll down and click on

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/teaching/onlinediscussions/post.cfm (2015-10-15)
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  • Discussion Forum Uses
    you run out of time Have students generate ideas on a topic or on a reading that you will address in class Build community by creating an informal discussion space where students can raise questions and exchange thoughts throughout the semester Rants Rambles and Responses or whatever you d like to call it Ask students to post their writing to a discussion forum and have other students read and reply

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/teaching/onlinediscussions/uses.cfm (2015-10-15)
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  • Discussion Forum Benefits
    Contributors Discussion Forum Benefits You can read comments fairly quickly and validate them to show students you re invested in their ideas You can refer to points made on the forums in class to enrich discussion and to acknowledge thoughtful ideas You can save a thread of a discussion to use as a writing sample or model Discussion forums give quiet students another outlet for sharing ideas Students learn to

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  • Discussion Forum Considerations
    work is completed on online Decide how you ll evaluate writing on discussion forums as class participation as homework If you don t provide incentive for using the forum fewer students will write substantial comments Know that some students may lose sight of the academic context and offer inappropriate comments on the forum For example a student may use the class forum as a way to express criticisms of the

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  • Chat Rooms
    in the writing classroom as well A chat room is a space where a group of writers meet to carry on conversation Unlike discussion forums that allow a writer time to compose his her thoughts chat rooms demand a writer s constant attention to a thread of ongoing discussion much like a conversation Instructors use chat rooms mainly to engage students thoughts on a topic and to generate ideas for

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  • Chat Room Uses
    of conversation and use it to discuss the rhetorical situation context audience and purpose Ask students to analyze the choices they made when writing in a chat room with content and style Then have them compare these choices to ones they make with more formal writing Use this discussion to help students understand how various cultural contexts shape writing Compare how audience awareness shapes writing For example conduct a chat

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  • Chat Room Benefits
    Chat Room Benefits Students are more inclined to participate since the context is less formal Many students are already familiar with chat and use it for recreational purposes Chat generates a lot of writing although students tend not to recognize this medium as producing real writing still you might use this opportunity to talk about what real writing is and why it s viewed as more valid than informal writing

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