The VOLT101x: Introduction to Online and Blended Teaching discussion forums offer a unique opportunity to engage with learners from all over the world, reflecting diverse experiences, knowledge, languages, and cultures. This provides us with an incredible resource of viewpoints, and we want to make sure the discussions are meaningful and fun! Please consider the following when you post:
- Have faith that course participants are acting with best intentions. We’re all here to learn!
- Posts should be written in your own words. If you include a quote or reference, please provide a citation (book, URL, etc) whenever possible.
- Actively, thoughtfully, and regularly participate! You will get out of the discussions what you put into them.
- Before posting, search the discussion thread for similar questions or comments. You can always respond and/or click on the green plus button to upvote a post.
- If you disagree with a post, respond using evidence and reasoning. Do not engage in personal attacks under any circumstances. Before posting a comment, consider: would you want someone to say it to you or to someone with whom you have a strong relationship? If not, we strongly encourage you to revise your response.
- As much as possible, please check your grammar and spell-check your posts. That said, please remember that learners in this course reflect a wide range of languages and levels of familiarity with English (and might even prefer British language conventions rather than American conventions!). When responding to statements, focus on the content of the statements rather than surface features such as grammar or spelling.
- When possible, avoid slang or abbreviations. These can vary widely across cultures and can sometimes be offensive. Also, please do not use ALL CAPS.
- Please limit your posts/responses to 200 words or less (by request of EdX).
- Use the search and engagement tools (upvote, follow for updates, flag for misuse) on the Discussion Home to find and contribute to the conversations.
- A blue star on a post means a member of the course staff has endorsed it.
- If you see an inappropriate post, flag it instead of adding your own commentary.
- Any questions about assignments or aspects of the course content that were unclear (for example, frequent references to unfamiliar concepts without an explanation of what those concepts are) should be directed to the Course Content Questions forum.