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Managing Students Online
Managing your students online involves both synchronous and asynchronous interactions on group and individual levels. Here are some suggestions for managing virtual chat sessions (synchronous interactions): If you want to download this in document form, click here (link to the document Virtual Chat Tips.rtf )

Participate in a chat session on the web. The experience gives you a chance to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of chat sessions, to avoid pitfalls in your student sessions, and to improve on the advantages you experienced. Consider: What aspects of the chat did you find satisfying/unsatisfying? Why? How might you be able to improve the experience for your students?

Test your chat tools with others. Software glitches (slow response times, imprecise directions for using the tools, etc.) can adversely impact learning. Trying out software in advance lets you deal proactively with problems. Consider: Do you have students experienced in using this tool who could/would help others and/or suggest tips for more effective online interaction?

Limit the number of participants in chat sessions. Driscoll recommends that groups of 5-7 should be used to keep the conversation from lagging or dissolving into chaos. Consider: How experienced/comfortable are you with online chat? You may want to keep groups smaller to begin with (i.e., 3-4 participants plus you).


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