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Discussion Groups

What Are Discussion Groups

Discussion groups are like electronic bulletin boards, people can leave messages, ask questions, or share ideas, and others can respond to them. The advantage of these is that you don't need your own e-mail address, just access to the Web. There are a large number of discussions on SOFWeb which cover a large number of topics and areas for Victorian teachers. It is possible to set up a discussion for students as well, for example As the Crow Flies used a closed discussion for students to participate and communicate with each other.

A fast way to get to the Discussion groups at any time you come to SOFWeb is to use the menu bar or access it through the Hot Spots on the front page.

Before you join the discussions you will need to register, which simply means that you choose a user name and a password for yourself. Make sure that you keep a record of your chosen user name and password. If you would like to have a look at the discussions before you register, you can log in as a guest. This means that you can read the open discussions, but not respond (post) to them.

The on-line discussions can be completely open (for viewing and contribution), moderated (contributions are checked by a conference moderator before being publicly visible) or closed (visible only to a specified group of users).

Once you have registered you can also enter some details about yourself, such as your email address, the city you come from, your hobbies and interests, and a signature file. This data is used on the messages you post, so that people can see who the message has come from. Any information you enter can be edited at a later stage, so don't worry too much about it.

Once you have registered you can read, and post, to the discussions. For more help with using the discussion lists, click on the help button in the Main Menu of the first page of the discussions.

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