ATD Links Archive
Issue Map
ATD Links Archive
ATD Links

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

Thursday, June 15, 2006

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. The immediacy of chat can be a significant factor in building online community. Short of high bandwidth audio/video conferencing, it is as close an approximation to face-to-face interaction as you will get in an online course. This seemed to be particularly the case in my graduate courses where

To access this content Join ATD or sign in.