Which one of these categories do you fall into when you are participating in discussions?


Informant


one who supplies links, factual or personal information to enhance the discussion and help others.


Supporter


one who gives encouraging remarks to others, adds personal stories and significant appreciation for what others offer.


Flamer


one who chooses to engage in disputable topics and strongly gives opinions on topics and other’s posts (may even use words that could be described as insulting or
rude).

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I think that I could end this course by identifying myself with all three. It all depends on what the discussion is about. I don't think that I ever went over the deep end when it came to being a flamer, but sometimes I became a little frustrated. The biggest hurdle to jump over in my online education classes is the discussions. I really like to participate in discussions which have meaning. At times many of my classmates provided information on the classes that they were teaching. We also made comments on each others projects. Sometimes I did not feel qualified to comment on some of the projects because I was not sure if I had completed the necessary elements of the projects.


On the other hand, I really feel uncomfortable talking about my private life. I also felt at times that it was a waste of time to make comments such as "good job" , but not be able to follow up with anything more. I wonder if people are really honest when it comes to commenting on their classmates work. Am I being a flamer? I am sorry. Is it really necessary to spend the first week of the class "getting to know each other"? (flamer) I hope to be able to develop two or three activities that not only require discussion,but some fun in the first week of "getting to know each other". How about a computer scavenger hunt? Something to do with movies, music , or shared books.


Oh well!!! My time will come. I only hope that I can be the best teacher possible and get my students to discuss much better than I do.


I would like to thank my teacher for her patience. Sorry I did not post as much as necessary in the last Module.




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