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#608449 07/01/10 02:15 PM
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Online courses regularly require instructors discussion questions and answers from students. Generally, also required are responses from other students. My classes (so far) require 2 responses to discussion questions per week and 2 responses to others responses per question (clear as mud yet?).

I am always amazed at the brief responses and grammatically incorrect responses given by students. We're in college! We should write correctly. So, here's my suggestion for collegiate posts:

1. Write your response first in a word processing document (such as Word Perfect or Word.

2. Check for grammatical errors or spelling errors. and correct them.

3. Proofread your quresponse backwards, line-by-line. Read each sentence one at a time from the bottom up. Does it make sense? Are there complete sentences? Will someone who isn't in your head understand your post?

THEN, copy and paste the response into your onlie discussion thread or forum.

That's my gripe for the day smile

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I entirely agree. When I did an online course, the quality of the postings was generally high. The response to poor ones varied, but tended to be polite but firm on the subject. Obvious exceptions were those for whom English was a second language.

And I won't tease you (much!) about "THEN, copy and paste the response into your onlie discussion thread or forum." Surely your forum wouldn't lie. [Laugh of recognition. Happens to us all. Onlie is one of mine too. And I was cross-eyed and cross-fingered trying to get the word "introducing" to come out right the other day.]

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**hanging head** LOL That's what I get huh smile

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My only excuse is the page kept jumping and I was too bothered to wait to post LOLOL

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I do agree that I'm a little dismayed at some students who are in a college course and who have English as a first language but who struggle with some very basic components of using English.

I cut slack for students who are from foreign countries, who are doing this in a "second language" and who are here to learn a non-English skill (for example a Chemistry major). For them I think they're doing fairly well to keep up with everything in a secondary language.

I also in general cut some slack for the idea that it is a forum discussion, so things come out more fluidly than in a term paper for example. While I do think people should at least re-read what they type, I don't know that I'd go as far as making people review every forum post backwards smile

For me, forum posts are like in-class discussion. If everyone is excitedly talking about an issue in local politics, they don't need to ponder their wording for 20 minutes before they join in. They can just join in, and if the underlying thought is sound, I give them leeway on how they phrase it.


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I'm frustrated with some of my classmates right now. I have two that consistently use "where" for "were" and use "there" for "there" and for "their" ....

**pulling my hair out**

Oh ... this is an intermediate comp class too. I'm hoping the instructor points this out. It's quite distracting when reading.

And... I swear, no one uses spell check or grammar check. *sigh*

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One suggestion - use FireFox for all your postings and encourage others to do that too. FireFox will highlight in red all misspelled words which can easily help catch issues.

I would email the instructor and ask if they can help with this issue. It's probably better if the instructor addresses it privately vs you as a fellow student constantly pointing out their errors smile


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Hi I didn't know that it was Firefox that would highlight misspelled words in forums. I always thought it was the way forums were set up. That is interesting information.

I agree that it is better to get the instructor to handle the problem. And considering it is an English composition class I am surprised that he/she isn't expecting a higher level of spelling and grammar from students. It is true that in a forum some slack can be given but a large number of mistakes should not be ignored. It really isn't beneficial to those students in the long term.


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I'm just catching the tail end of this discussion and I've heard of Firefox but now I'll look more into how to implement it.

I'm always reversing things or leaving gaps of words out, it's more a learning disability than anything and difficult to catch, so I actually, when I'm up to it, have read things backwards to catch errors or I'll use a piece of paper up against the screen or a book I'm reviewing.

But in regards to laziness, though. I've noticed, not just on on-line courses, but a lot of online articles and news pieces, it litterally seems and "feels" like, anything goes. Not the articulateness (sp) I grew up with.

In some ways it's good, but my husband calls it the "sticker for going to the bathroom" generation. You get a reward for doing just about anything, good quality or poor. I don't know how I feel about that, but that's a different topic.

I think it would be nice - wierd but nice if there was a program that watched out for dyslexic grammor errors. Spellcheck is good, but there are somethings that if the word is looking right, it's not going to tell you there's an error.



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Hi Elleise,
It would be great if there was a program for dyslexic errors. It must be frustrating for a writer - an extra problem to deal with in everything you write. I admire you and other writers for giving us the wisdom of your thoughts while dealing with those extra problems that dyslexia brings. My husband is a great fan of John Irving and I believe he also has dyslexia and yet he writes long books which are both insightful and entertaining. I think it takes him longer to write a book than some authors but they are worth waiting for. It is a good thing he has persevered with his writing.
Thanks for visiting the forum and posting your thoughts.


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