Examples of Web Crossing Screen Discussion Forum

[Note: Screen shots were all taken from the Computers in Education (Educ 5412) course taught by Helen Mongan-Rallis, Summer 2005]

1. Example of how discussions for an entire course can be set up within folders, each folder containing one or more related discussions:

screen shot showing how course discussions can be organized

This example shows all the structure of discussions within a hybrid class that used Web Crossing. Some of the key features shown here:

  • Instructor posts introduction explaining how the course discussion forum is organized.
  • Instructor can choose to include a photo of him/herself.
  • Folders can be created (shown in purple here) for different assignments. Each folder can contain multiple discussions (but the contents of each folder are not visible in this screen shot).
  • A chat room can be created as part of the course discussion board. Students & the instructor can link to this and participate in synchronous chat with others at pre-arranged times.
  • Hyperlinks to outside readings and resources can be displayed e.g. Here there's a link to Educ 5412 Course Syllabus , to the Course Schedule, and to list of blogs.
  • Discussions are shown by an icon of 2 pages (see last item "Seeking your input...").
  • If any new items have been added since the last time the user accessed a discussion, the word "new" shows in a bright yellow shape.


2. Example of appearance of outline view of threaded discussion posts within Web Crossing forum:

screen shot showing outline of webx threaded discussion

This screen shot shows some of the key elements of a Web Crossing threaded discussion outline:

  • Instructor question appears at the top of the thread. Instructor can choose to have her photo and time of posting of question be displayed along with the question.
  • Individual responses by participants are displayed immediately following the post to which they are replying so that the threads of the conversation can easily be followed.
  • Web Crossing indents each level of reply so that all levels within a discussion can easily be seen. For example, in this discussion, The first post was by John. Next, student 0166 replied. Then 0356 and John both replied to 0166. The number in parentheses also shows the post number and replies under each. e.g. 1, then 1.1, then 1.1.1

3. Example of appearance of threaded discussion posts within Web Crossing forum:

example of threaded discussion in WebX

This screen shot shows some of the key elements within a Web Crossing threaded discussion:

  • Participants can insert a photo or avatar (symbolic picture) of themselves. This picture appears next to all their posts, each time they post. [Note: actual photos of students in this screen shot have been replaced and student names/ID changed to protect the identity of the actual participants in this discussion].
  • An initial post is shown by a pink square. Replies to this appear as pink triangles (and are numbered e.g. 9, 9.1, 9.2, 9.2.1); light gray text also indicates to which post this is a response . e.g. Jodi ad Tara both responded to Kirk. Helen responded to Tara.