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On Sunday, May 20th, 2001, The List Mom posted a Message about the use of the Ireland List Chat Room for the purpose of Classroom type Sessions used for the purpose of teaching others basic things. I saw one response to her posting and that one was pretty enthusiastic. :)
The Ireland Chat Room is a text-style chat room, similar to that of the GenForum Chat Rooms. It can be found by going to the Message Center Page of the Ireland List Web Site.
The first thing to note is that all changes to the chat room can take 24 hours to take effect. So one can not simply make a change and instantly see it. This means any suggestions for color changes, or format changes takes up to a day to show.. your test messages to each other are basically immeidate. :)
By enterring any Message Forum or Chat Room accessable from this site, The User agrees that they have read and understood the rules completely, and that they will adhere to these rules. :)
The above agreement is in effect whether the User of the Chat Room actually read the rules or not. This page provides the means and opportunity for all Users to become familiar with the code of conduct that we expect, therefore there is no valid excuse for "Not Knowing" the rules.
Once you click on the "Enter Chat Room" button, you will be transported to a Login Page.
On the Login Page, you will be given the choice to enter your name and password or register your handle. If you haven't registered for a Handle, then you must do so now.. or not get into the room. The Earlier you register, the easier it will be to get the Handle, or nickname, that you will settle for (Be forewarned that you may not get the Handles you want, and you will have to keep trying until you get one that isn't taken already): What the Registration Page will ask of you is the following:
A. your First name
Once you registered your handle, you can go Log In to the Chat Room at any future time. Please Note that these procedures may no longer be required.
All kidding aside, we aim to please... to a certain extent. If at all possible, we will be willing to try to make the chat room as ascetically pleasing as possible.
The Chat Room is now mainly for the purpose of "Class Rooms".
It is suspected that there will be a lot of times when the Chatroom is not scheduled for use. During these times, people may utilize the room, Mostly we are generous on the use of the chat room when it isn't in use because there isn't any way to stop you from using it. :)
When using the chat room, please keep in mind that others have the right to their opinions too.
A schedule will be placed on the Message Center Page and up-dated as Required. so please check the schedule before using the chatroom for your own purposes..
Anyone can request a class by emailing me at John or Deb at List Mom. We request that the information you provide us contains name of the class, a brief summary of it, when you would like to have it, and how long it is expected to last.
A couple notes on this before we go on:
I am not going to try to fool anyone, I expect the first few classes to be a mess. That is something which should be expected of anything new. :) In time, and with User Support, I am sure we can make this work.
The instructor is expected to follow the basic rules of the Site and the Mail List. I really wouldn't worry too much about this aspect of using the chatroom, for Most of the people will want to discuss Genealogy or Windows related topics.
A few suggestions are in order (and these suggestions can be revised by Member Input and by trial and error):
Perhaps my notes on a typic class would look like:
Good Morning (afternoon or evening), I am Nomad and this class is about Creating Folders on your Hard Drive.
This may look like a lot of work, but an Instructor should prepare for a class they give anyway.
Classes are normally scheduled in 1 hour blocks. Some Classes will be scheduled for only half an hour. If a Class you wish to hold is expected to last longer than an hour.. and can not be broken down into a series of classes, then it is advisable to allow breaks so that people can go get something to drink or take care of other items they need to take care of.
The "Student" should resist the temptation to say Hello to the "Instructor" once the scheduled time for the class to start has past. If you enter the Room then quietly sit and read what is being written, even if the Instructor welcomes you as a late comer. This is not ignorance, as much as it is trying to not disrupt the proceedings.
The "Student" should remember that these are "Classes" or "Lectures" and not a group discussion period. (Unless it is designated as such.)
That is up to the List Mom to authorize, but tenatively the following topics are ok. However look for up-dates on this policy.
a. Basic Computer
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