[LON-CAPA-users] What makes FDBK bubble go away?

Todd Ruskell lon-capa-users@mail.lon-capa.org
Thu, 16 Oct 2003 09:54:36 -0600

What about a slightly different mechanism.  Instead of placing a bubble
for each discussion entry, why not just one bubble if a resource has had
discussion since the last time it was viewed by the instructor?  If the
number of entries is still important, perhaps a counter could be
displayed next to the bubble, to give an indication of activity, without
cluttering the display with tons of bubbles.

Perhaps this could also be done with the bombs?


On Thu, 2003-10-16 at 05:36, Gerd Kortemeyer wrote:
> On Wednesday, October 15, 2003, at 09:42  PM, Lars Jensen wrote:
> > On Wed, 15 Oct 2003, Gerd Kortemeyer wrote:
> >>
> >> Yes. Bubbles are for new discussion since you last left the course or
> >> logged out. We need to clean up bubbles quickly when having hundreds 
> >> of
> >> students in a course.
> >
> > Well, if you teach hundreds of courses, then it is not practical, that
> > if you login to one, then the bubbles in all the others go away... 
> > well,
> > I only teach 5 courses per semester,
> Not "hundreds of courses" but hundreds of kids in one course. So we 
> definitely have instructors who teach a lot (5) courses a semester with 
> a small number of students, and - like here at MSU - instructors who 
> teach exactly one course, but with lots of students.
> Having a scheme where the instructor has to visit every single page 
> where a kid posted something is not practical for the latter - it is 
> impossible to keep up with all of the communication in a large course. 
> I can see where the current mechanism is a problem for instructors who 
> teach more than one course.
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