Synchronous Discussion in Online Courses : A Pedagogical Strategy for Taming the Chat Beast

  title={Synchronous Discussion in Online Courses : A Pedagogical Strategy for Taming the Chat Beast},
  author={Craig W. Smith},
I have always hated Internet chat rooms and studiously avoided them. To me, they are chaotic, confusing, and frustrating. I have also accepted the fact that on this question I am probably in the minority. I suspect that most students who participate in online courses have experience with chat and are quite comfortable with the fragmented and seemingly incoherent conversations that are the hallmark of Internet chat rooms, but I am not comfortable with the chaos. As I began developing courses for… CONTINUE READING

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