Effective collaborative learning stems from the sharing of thoughts and ideas. A forum is where this active discussion and interaction take place. This week you will use the forums to post your ideas and respond to other learners. For the best possible learning environment, please participate in forums on time. A consistent flow of interaction needs to occur in order to maintain a sense of community.
In addition to the content-related forums for group discussion, you will also regularly receive information from your facilitator through the Course Announcements forum. You will have the opportunity to start or enter into optional discussions in the Global Cafe forum. The Help and Feedback forum is meant for exactly what its name implies--it is a place to either ask for help (and get help from other learners or from the facilitator) or to post feedback on the course design, content, or the learning environment itself.
Please visit our Netiquette Guidelines and review the information listed there. Following these guidelines will help everyone have the best forum experience.
Now that you know about forums, it is time to get a little practice by participating in one.
Please read all the information below before making your initial forum post.
Forums are typically completed in two steps. First you offer your initial response and then you respond to your fellow classmates. So let's get started accomplishing two things at once by all participating in a practice forum where we will also meet each other.
Once you have started one discussion and responded to at least one other person, this forum will be marked as complete on the main page of the course.
Forums are where ideas are shared, where community is developed, and where learning happens. Enjoy interacting together!