Getting a Conversation Going

posted Oct 14, 2012, 9:23 AM by Julie Sharma   [ updated Oct 14, 2012, 9:28 AM ]
If you've implemented a Google Site as a part of your course, you might be interested in getting your students to discuss through the Google Sites forum.  Here are a few ideas on how to do this:
  • create (or request from your system administrator) a Google Group, which you can then embed in your site (see example); it can function like an Q&A forum.  You can even set a Google Group up in which you assign posts to certain students, thereby allowing students to take ownership of certain topics (learn more about this type of Google Group, called Collaborative Inbox).  Groups can also allow for moderation if you want to check over items before they are posted
  • Create one page (perhaps an announcements-style page) within your class website where students can edit/comment.  That is, you can give students access to edit one page but not all pages of a site, which is achieved using page-level permissions.  Announcements-style pages are great because whoever creates a post will be listed as the author, giving students as sense of responsibility and ownership.  You can then add a box listing recent posts, highlighting students contributions on another page of the class website.
  • Have students create their own websites, which you can add to the navigation of the class website.  Then students can easily navigate to visit their classmates' websites.
If you try any of these, share your experience with the group!