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- Preparing the students
- Establish virtual etiquette (how
students should respond to each other).
- Practice before the first official meeting. Chat informally.
- Encourage brevity; discourage long-winded posts and speeches
which slow up conversations.
- Train students to type what they want to say and keep it
on the input line until they are recognized. When they are recognized
- Indicate how students can scroll back during discussion to
- Explore discussion topics: provide a set of questions and/or
topics for consideration before the virtual class so that students
will be able to better focus their ideas and increase their willingness
- Conducting the class
- Give a sense of order to the class and make it easier to
follow the discussion: encourage using virtual
- Introduce the topic
- Survey: ask a question to which everyone can respond--like
taking a vote--and tally the responses. This procedure can engage
most of the students into discussion.
- Provoke: provide information, preferably
pre-written, which leads into a question.
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