Class discussions


How to best host class discussions is an important question: need to make it accessible to students, and world-viewable, but also prevent spam (“Learn how I made money from home using ….”). I thought of a WordPress plugin but that can result in a static discussion: basically a series of posts, which can relate to each other, but lacks the fluidity of an IRC-like chat. IRC itself is fun to use, but it has declining usage. Slack is popular, but requires students to hook into a new system and the free version has a limited number of saved posts. I’ve decided, for now, to go with Gitter. Bad points are that it’s closed source; good points are that it has no limits on searchable content. It requires a login from GitHub. This seemed a disadvantage at first but thinking about it more, it may reduce spam and may encourage students to engage with open source software more. Thus, the discussion channel for now is https://gitter.im/bomeara/phylometh