Some Useful Tips for
(from DEOS Listserv – republished with permission)
1) Instructor assigns readings about Netiquette (etiquette
over the internet) prior to the first chat session.
2) Limit the number of participants. If the number of
people becomes more than 8, then there can be 2 different chats made of 4
3) Set a common rule such as typing "...." if you are not
finished and type "done" if you are finished. I think people jumping in before
someone finishes what she has to say is the most annoying thing.
4) Assign roles such as "keep time," "make sure people
stay on task," "make sure everyone gets equal opportunity to speak," and
"control the traffic and guide where the discussion is going."
5) Make the chat archive available. Many learners may want
to take notes but if they do, they cannot actively participate in the chat. If
they know that they can read the chat content later, they may not worry about
taking notes during the chat.
The most frustrating chat for me was one where people
jumped in whenever they wanted. There were different sentences flying back and
forth and I got a headache from trying to sort out the ideas as they came by.
About the Author:
Junko Yamamoto made these notes in DEOS Listserv
based on his experience in an EdDIT Doctoral Cohort (Doctorate in Instructional
Technologies) at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh.
Junko has a BA in Business Administration from Ritsumeikan University,
Kyoto, Japan, and a Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate (Instructional I) in
Japanese, K-12. Contact him at: Mt. Lebanon High School; 155 Cochran Road,
Pittsburgh, PA 15228. email: