Robert Ellett writes: >The first twenty minutes or so is devoted to cataloging instruction. I may >use a Powerpoint presentation in Blackboard's virtual classroom. The other >portion of the time is spent in answering questions. At first, I tend not to >give out the answer, but allow other students to answer. We have chat rules >(such as no side conversations, etc.) One of the nice features of >Blackboasrd is the archive tool. If the students are unable to attend, they >can read the transcript later. Yes, Netiquette and Chat rules are a must. I allow no tangent conversations, student can "raise their hand" if they have a question or I simply go down the line of names in the room and ask for questions. No SHOUTING (all caps). We are experiencing the "joys" of the new WebCT Vista--the chat rooms comes equipped with a whiteboard. A useful tool---when we can finally manage to get all the kinks out of it.