Cohesion and coherence in Nicenet

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Re: Cohesion and coherence in Nicenet

Postby admin » 04 Jan 2016 15:22

FROM: Stuart Towns (09/29/13 8:11 PM PST)
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Excellent points, Dougal. Your post made me think of a few other things to mention. I really believe that the media that you use to communicate affects the amount and type of communication. Communicating by printed letter, email, Facebook, Twitter, and Chat all afford different communication styles. We can see that Nicenet causes some people to write lengthy academic posts (which is great). But it doesn't help much in the between-post coherence or in the participation rates.

Using a more modern Discussion Board software might help. I think that it should (at least) have threaded discussions that go more than 1 level deep. Fully-threaded discussions make it very obvious who you are replying to. It would also be nice to have formatted text, ability to upload documents, and ability to share weblinks without typing in the HTML codes.

Another really nice-to-have feature would be notifications by email. I agree that it is difficult to remember to check Nicenet. But if people could sign up to receive an email every time a new thread is posted, or every time someone replies to them in a thread, or every time someone posts to a thread that they are interested in, etc., the reminders might help them visit the discussion more often. Most modern online forums have this kind of functionality, and I really believe that it might help (assuming people WANT to participate :)
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Re: Cohesion and coherence in Nicenet

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FROM: Kunthida Rungruengkiat (10/05/13 12:52 AM PST)
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I agree with the notification feature or why not an Android or an iPhone app?
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Re: Cohesion and coherence in Nicenet

Postby admin » 04 Jan 2016 15:23

FROM: Daron Loo (10/07/13 9:48 AM PST)
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I do agree with Dougal's point, whereby some posts may not necessarily garner much response, particularly those that aim only to inform.

Motivation does play an important role in creating a participative-interactive online forum. More than that, I think what is needed is agency as well. Perhaps the majority of students in this program (Southeast Asians) are mainly audio/visual learners (characteristics of passive learners) who would rather sit back and enjoy watching us (I beg to differ from the typical Southeast Asian) put on a show!
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