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  1. #1
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    Student assignment folder

    Why not set up a new forum for "Student Assignments" so that students don't need to pretend it's a real life application anymore, we don't have to look at each new thread with suspicion and moderators would have somewhere to move such posts to when applicable.

    If anyone wants to help them out then at least they know where to look.

    Mike
    Last edited by mike_bike_kite; 08-09-07 at 12:10.

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    Hi Mike

    Just so you know you are not being ignored we have been discussing this since you posted
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    Cheers for the update Pootle

    It would be kind of sweet being ignored for once - usually my posts seem to create such strong opinions among you moderators that my threads get closed down !

    Mike

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    we are discussing the potential benefits of dealing with homework questions in their relevant folders, versus a homework folder

    with many opinions having been discussed, it's not looking good for a new folder

    when we do respond to homework questions, we always make the student do the thinking/work

    this message would probably be more obvious in a new folder since almost every message would require that as a first response

    however, in my opinion, that would make the devious student try even harder to disguise the question in a technology-specific forum
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    I understand your thinking but if we continualy respond to student posts by just saying that it's an assignment then students will increasingly try and disguise their assignments as real world problems. Providing a valid forum for them to get help may avoid these issues. If students do continue to post elsewhere then their posts can be moved to this forum with no further comment. Obviously the quantity of posts will be seasonal but I think it may be worth trying.

    Some less confident readers on the forums may be quite happy educating students while they're not confident enough to risk being flamed by users/moderators on other more active forums. This would give these users a comfortable environment in which to try helping others.

    A dedicated student questions forum should explain in it's header that help may be given but not answers. It could also contain a few sticky threads that gave simple explanations for
    • how to recognise entities
    • how to get data into 3NF
    • etc

    Can the above points be shown to the other moderators?

    Mike

    Edited: just cleaned up points
    Last edited by mike_bike_kite; 08-10-07 at 09:25.

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