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Examples of Chat Rooms

Check out these three examples from a political science course taught by Dr. Alan Buckley at Santa Monica College.  These are logs of what occurred in a live chat room.  In the first example, a student is moderating the discussion.  This is their first chat session and they don't know the rules of etiquette for chat yet.  You'll see that DrB intervenes to go over the rules.  After that, the discussion is far more understandable.

Student moderated chat log, before students learn chat room etiquette.

For your reference, here are the chat room rules that Dr. Buckley uses with his class.  They are copied from the chatroom log above and their format helps demonstrate proper chat room etiquette.  Here, the student named Shan has been designated as the room leader.

<DrB> There is one leader in this room...
<DrB> She recognizes people to speak...
<DrB> and no one can speak...
<DrB> until they are recognized by the Leader.
<DrB> If you want to be recognized to speak...
<DrB> Ask Shan for recognition...
<DrB> To do that...
<DrB> you enter a "?" for a question...
<DrB> or a "!" for a statement...
<DrB> Shan will keep track of the the people...
<DrB> requesting recognition...
<DrB> and then you speak when recognized...
<DrB> You may want to use the ellipsis ....
<DrB> [ ... ] ...
<DrB> to indicate that you are still speaking...
<DrB> and then, ....
<DrB> when you're finished...
<DrB> use a final punctuation mark....
<DrB> Also....
<DrB> if you're a slow typist...
<DrB> go ahead and type a complete statement...
<DrB> then wait for recognition...
<DrB> and enter the whole statement at once...
<DrB> If you follow these simple rules...
<DrB> the conversation will be a lot more understandable...
<DrB> Okay, Shan...
<DrB> take it away.

Now check out these example from the same class after the students have learned the rules of chat room etiquette:

Student Moderated. This is the same group as above, but now they understand and use the rules of etiquette. You'll see how much clearer the discussion is.

Faculty Moderated. This is the same group again in a discussion moderated by the instructor, Dr. Buckley.

 

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