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Would You Prefer to Speak Up Online During Class?

Would You Prefer to Speak Up Online During Class?

Some students and professors at Purdue University in Indiana are testing a new approach for asking questions during classes. A homemade program called Hotseat allows students to post questions during lectures and professors to answer questions or clarify points in real time. The software can be accessed online or through Twitter, Facebook, and mobile devices.

Other universities have been trying similar arrangements, using social sites like Facebook and Twitter to connect students with professors and ask questions they may be reluctant to ask out loud. Or, in large classes, a professor can address the most popular questions.

As a shy college student, I would have probably taken advantage of something like this — but I have to admit, I'm afraid it discourages face-to-face contact. Do you think it's a good idea? Or do you have any experience with something similar?

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KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
I'm incredibly shy as well and would prefer not to speak in class but I suck it up because I know realistically I can't keep hiding; in the real world you're gonna have to deal with people upfront. If I were given this option I would totally take it but it wouldn't help me overcome my shyness. I agree though that it's a great idea for bigger classes. I can imagine a TA sorting through them all and bringing select questions to the professor's attention.
vivaciousv1114 vivaciousv1114 7 years
i think that this is a good option for those bigger classes where everyone asking a question is impractical. it's also good for students to ask questions before class so the professor can address it as part of lesson if enough students are having problems with something specific. but for smaller classes it's better to ask questions face to face.
tvjunkie45 tvjunkie45 7 years
Wow, in the minority here but I like this. I'm way too shy and have an intense fear of public speaking, especially in a class, so there is no way I'd ask speak up and ask a question. I'd ask the question online. This is good for people who just can't speak up, no matter what. This way questions would get asked that normally wouldn't.
heatherhas heatherhas 7 years
I don't think this is a good idea. The only classes it would be good for are those big stadium seating courses where there are 250 students. In smaller clasess, having that group discussion and learning to speak up in a room and debate are important skills to have for future jobs.
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 7 years
as awkward as it is, so much communication happens without words. And if you aren't speaking with them face to face they can totally interpret your question incorrectly (i've seen it happen many times via text and IM). Plus i'd rather spend time talking. It's easier and helps me get better at wording questions and saying exactly what i'm trying to ask (i'm pretty sure 100% of college students have an issue with that ... issue)
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