Hooray, the forums are back! Spurred by a controversy over student use of a “free speech” section of wall on campus, a number of students have succeeded in having a lengthy, mutually respectful conversation in our online forums. Okay, I exaggerate the dominance of silly chatter in our online conversation space, but it has been a pleasure to see the forums being used as they were originally intended. One takeaway lesson is how it only takes a few online leaders, those who have developed a reputation for “fair play” and thoughtful commentary on the forums, to set the tone for the rest of the participants. The same can be said for silly online chatter. When a few respected voices promote gratuitous online play, the rest happily participate. My goal is to maintain separate, safe spaces for students to engage in both kinds of online interaction.
Constructive Discussion Returns to the Forums
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