Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Nice discussion of online chat as an accompaniment to video meetings. "Online, I heard from probably 90 per cent of my students voluntarily in the chat. No matter how welcoming I try to make my in-person classrooms, verbal contributions have never come close to that number." My experience is that conditions need to be just right for this to happen; I often use a backchannel when I speak and only sometimes does an actual conversation break out. What's interesting, though, is this: "now that we are back to in person learning, I'm missing that online community-building feature," writes Stewart. Getting 'back to normal' isn't everything it was made out to be.

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