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Using Slash for Lecture Preparation

posted by vroom on 12:20 AM December 27th, 2003   Printer-friendly   Email story
I am considering using Slash as a forum for students to discuss lecture notes before the actual lecture presentation. In this way, they would understand more of the lecture when it is presented and I would receive early feedback from the forum to improve the lecture before it is presented and the notes before they are finalized.

The class has about 200 students. Would the Slash moderation mechanism work well for this purpose?

In particular, students would be expected to moderate postings of their peers. Moreover, I would need access to the moderation logs since students can get marks for moderating.

For more on the subject and the planned lecture preparation, see
Amir Michail

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  • All of that is in there, and as the sysadmin, seeing who moderated what is very, very easy.

    The problem is, unless you give everyone the ability to moderate all the time, not everyone will HAVE mod points - and as a result, only some students will get the ability to moderate, which is highly unfair if grades depend on these marks.

    Conversely, giving everyone the ability to moderate cheapens the value of a mod point, and in some cases, still won't solve the problem - once a comment is as highly rated as possible, it can't be moderated up further - only down.

    Additionally, if someone is moderated down enough, the lose the ability to post - denying that student the chance at further participation, which again would be bad, particularly if grades are a factor.

    So, while I think this is an interesting idea, I'm unsure how it would work in implementation. You could change the default comment values, but that doesn't actually solve the problem, it only reduces it's frequency. You might also be able to prevent the default ban from being moded down, but I'm unsure how, other than making all the students admins, and that could be done if you kept their security level low enough.

    Lastly, if you give them admin access (even at a low level) they will be able to see who moderated what, and how, potentially leading to retaliatory modstorms...

    If you do go with slash, please let us know how you solved or addressed these potential problems.


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