keep your learners in isolation.
Web-Based Training does not
mean "Post and Forget" (traditionally called "Publish and
Learners need to be able to
interact with both the instructor (Content Expert) as well as fellow learners.
Using Threaded Discussion Webboard
technology it is possible for learners to post a letter or comment where
a reply can be added to it. Additional replies can be added to the entail
posting forming a thread.
There are several ways of implementing
this concept and the CDC has a software application that can allow for
In all scenario it is important
to set ground rules about the content to be discussed as well as acceptable
language. Rules are even important when dealing with professionals and
In this situation any learner can post a note or comment to the message
board. The message board would be a link at the top level of the WBT project.
This is not recommended because a user might see a note in the thread
and improperly assume that the information in the note is accurate and
reflect official CDC policy.
In this situation any learner can post a note or comment to the message.
However, before the posting appears on the message board for all to see
a Content Expert will review the note before posting. In this situation
the fact that editing is taking place must be posted for all to see. It
does require more work but the end results are a more successful learning
access but un-moderated:
This requires some advanced planning and should be used if used. Each
participant registers into the message board. They have a unique log-in
identification as well as password. A screening process can take place
so that only approved individuals participate. By limiting who has access
to the message board it reduces the need to check each note being added.
access and moderated:
This last situation will be the most labor intensive and is not likely
to be used. It is a combination of required learner log-in and screening
of notes before posting.
Before this project goes active
make sure that an individual (or two) have the time to maintain the contents
of this portion of the site. They should be contents experts since the
moderating software application is easy to learn.