#1 What's the difference?
Students explore how an online discussion is different from face-to-face. Students explore how a digital space can influence communication. They consider both benefits and limitations.
#2 Digital footprints
Students are encouraged to think about the implications of participating in an online discussion. They are to consider whether using an avatar or a nickname is appropriate in this context.
#3 Digital space
Students learn how to navigate the digital platform for an online discussion suggested by the teacher (e.g. start a thread, reply, edit post, delete, etc.). They can practise posting short posts in a closed discussion forum.
Students identify or generate a list of appropriate / inappropriate behaviours in an online discussion. By analysing some examples, they then learn what makes comments constructive, polite etc.
By analysing some examples, students can explore a range of communication styles that they can use in the digital space. They can consider what is appropriate or inappropriate (e.g. the use of textspeak, length of the post, etc.).
Students think about the goals of their discussion (e.g. get help, offer information, informal communication, interactions to complete a learning task etc.). Students explore how this goal can shape their participation in an online discussion.
Students brainstorm possible strategies for negotiating conflicts in online discussions in the context of their activity.