|Mailing List and Discussion Group
Creation of both mailing lists and discussion groups is automatic. A link to
each automatically appears on your course home page.
TO REMOVE THE DISCUSSION FEATURE FROM THE COURSEWEB ENTIRELY:
- Click on Manage Discussion Settings at the bottom of the right hand index
- Click on the Edit Preference button.
- Under the heading:
Do you wish to enable the discussion feature?
Select: I do not want to enable the
- Click on the Save & Close button and the discussion links will not
The list of registered users
for both mailing lists and discussion groups is dynamic, based on registration. In other words, the participants are updated
according to the Academic Services database. As
students register for a course with Academic Services, their names will automatically be
added to that particular course mailing list. Likewise,
if they drop the course Academic Services updates their database and the mailing list will
automatically drop that student from that course mailing list.
Mailing List Specifics
As mentioned earlier, a mailing list is automatically created for every course. A link to
your courses mailing list will appear automatically on your course home page.
Currently, both faculty and students enrolled in the course will have access to the
mailing list link. The mailing list cannot be subdivided into groups. In other words, if a
faculty divides a 30-member class into 6 groups of 5 students, can the mailing list be
divided into 6 sub-mailing lists? Unfortunately, the answer is no, not at this time. It
will be a single mailing list of the entire class.
Threaded Discussion Specifics
A popular feature of a course web page is a threaded discussion. A threaded discussion is
analogous to a series of e-mails posted in one central place so that all users can view
all comments and follow-up comments together. A threaded discussion differs from e-mail
because all messages are stored in one place, whereas with e-mail, a single message is
sent to many recipients, and it ends up in several different places (i.e., the inbox of
As mentioned earlier, discussion groups are automatically created for every course. A link
to your courses discussion group will appear automatically on your course home page.
Some faculty members have voiced concern about having to respond to electronic
discussions. Their concern is that they will involuntarily be pulled into the threaded
discussion by responding to one question and then inevitably having to respond to a whole
host of other questions. The faculty member is, of course, not obliged to participate in
the threaded discussion. It is there in order to encourage student interaction, and can
occur with or without faculty member participation (this occurs informally anyway). In
this case, some faculty members have told their class members that they are free to use
the threaded discussion, but that he or she wont be logging into it as a practice.