Sorry for not being active for 2 weeks or so, I was out of the country for a wedding and I have just recently shifted into a new property, so still settling in… so being really busy.
Now this week’s discussion is about Discussion Forums being used as online communication. Text based Communication seems to be most appropriate, when it comes to Elearning. A very good example is this course itself, Facilitating Online Communities 2009 group, we all participants are from different places, and we all have work and other personal life, it is hard for everyone to be able to meet together in the scheduled meetings to communicate together, but through online text based discussion and blogs, we all try to be in the same loop. So it’s not always possible to communicate in a synchronised session, but by having discussion forums, it allows participants to contribute their ideas in an asynchronous text based communication. An interesting reading on text-based communication in e-learning.
Having a facilitator in a discussion forum would be very beneficial, as it would allow the discussion to work properly and conclude in an appropriate manner.
I have not yet chosen a discussion forum yet to discuss, but will post more comments once I have chosen an online forum.