The Class Forum
for Fall 2005 both sections is at:
It is a combined board for Section 009, 8am Tues &Thur and Section 072 in Plainfield on Wednesday evening.
Students will not be able to log onto the Discussion Forum until they have send me an email so that I can establish their identity with the Discussion Forum and invitation to join the Discussion Forum can be sent out by the Discussion Forum.
The Discussion Forum is the heart of this course - the place that you will spend a
minimum of 4 hours of class time per week is the .
WebCT does provide a Discussion board (a.k.a. Message Board, a.k.a. discussion or Forum), but is vastly superior since the author of a post, or the moderator of the board (me), can edit or even delete posts. If you post something in the incorrect conference, I can move the post and its replies, so the board will stay organized.
The first assignment is to Introduce yourself and then comment on the introductions of your fellow classmates.
Instructions are available online from Discussion Forum and
from UCC and also from Discussion Forum's Help (the rightmost item on the top of
the Discussion Forum Screen) Before you use the board, familiarize yourself with its
This is a long page. It is important that you read it all carefully. It explains:
Your username is your first name and your initial password is simply the first letter of first name plus the first letter of your last name (A student named John Doe would have a login id of John and a initial password of jd). Thus it is imperative you change it immediately, per below.
Immediately after signing on for the first time, select More and My Profileto customize your profile:
Familiarize yourself with the menu on top of the screen
When you log on it will say
Click on that Hyperlink to see only the new messages.
Expand a conference to see all the topics posted in that conference.
Do a search for what has been posted since the last time visited
Open the posts one by one in a new window (right click).
The Forum (Discussion Forum) is the equivalent of class discussion, which is a chunk of your grade.
The discussion host (me) gets to select the conferences. We start with:
As new subject matter is discussed in class, I will add new conferences the forum to continue the discussion online. Only the owner of the forum (that's me, your Prof.) can add new conferences. So if you think we should add one, either send me email or post a new message in the General Questions topic.
Everyone is required to read every message posted. So following a few rules will make the board efficient and pleasant to use:
Only make posts that are course relevant and move the conversation and learning forward. The entire class is required to read every message that is post so don't waste every one's time.
Student Lounge conference has been provided for "chit-chat". Everyone has to read all new stuff and chit-chat slows us all down. Send email or chat for one-to-one discussions.
When you get to the forum, read the new messages. Use Search to find messages after a specific date.
If you wish to respond to a message select REPLY
at the bottom. You can also email the message to anyone (a forum member or anyone
whose email address you know).
Now you type your message to be posted on the forum or sent as private mail to the person who wrote the message you are replying to.
Here's a good suggestion: since there is the spelling checker on the forum is cumbersome and there i no thesaurus, type your response into a word processor, spell check it, then copy it onto the clipboard and paste it into your Forum message. Sometimes the forum seems to delete messages for no reason, and a word processor where you are working locally, not online, won't lose you work.
Use Post for a new topic
If what you have to say is NEW, then choose Post under the correct conference. It is extremely important to make the Topic(subject) of the post/reply meaningful. You could include your name as the part of the subject of the post. A new post is called a "thread", mean a new train of thought. It is very important to reply when you are talking about the same thing and do a new post when it is different. Of course there are times when that isn't a clear call. When this is done wrong, the Forum becomes like a file cabinet with everything misfiled!
When you post new, your subject is VERY important because that is all that shows in the left window. Really describe what you're going to talk about and possibly identify yourself (include your first name.) If your are a lousy a speller/typist as I, you might type your message in to a word processor or the Front Page Editor, then run the spell check, then copy it onto the clip board and finally paste it into your Forum message. Each Topic (like the subject of an email) whether for a post or a reply should summarize the contents of the message and intrigue the reader to read the message Ė letís see what fun and interesting topics you can post!
The beauty of forums is that you can add both attachments and hyperlinks to your messages. To attach a word document or a picture or a sound or... Click on attach and type in or browse around and highlight the name of a file you wish to attach.
Link to other web pages
When you read a message that has a hyperlink, be sure to open it in a new window (by RIGHT clicking and selecting "Open in New Window" from the menu) so you don't loose your place when your want to return to the forum.
If you want to have words be the hyperlink rather than the http://address then
If you want to have an image be the hyperlink rather than the http://address then
Use HTML to emphasize text
To bold something put <b> before it and </b> after it. (<B> and </B> is equally good.)
To italicize something put <i> before it and </i> after it.(<I> and </I> is equally good.)
Bold and italics would look like this <b> <i> something </i> </b>
Change color with <font color=red> words that you want to be red </font> (other colors are blue, brown, green, ....)
Make the text big with <font size=+2> words that you want to be BIG</font><
To make things more readable
Add Pictures in your posts and Signature
Just like you put pictures in your signature, you can put them in any Post or Reply.
Include Pictures (graphics), which make your post so much more interesting to read.
It must be entered EXACTLY as above:
The best way to get the web address of of graphic is to
Step by step
This page was created by Professor
Maureen Greenbaum and was last updated on