Thursday, October 17, 2013
My first live chat
When I wrote the list of all the assignments in my online writing class, I didn't mention the live chats because they hadn't started yet. I missed the chat last week due to a previous commitment, but I sat in for tonight's.
I have never been on a live chat before, and as with everything on the interweb, it worked like magic. I typed words into the box and when I hit return, my words appeared to everyone. There were only five of us chatting, although there are approximately twenty students in the class. I suppose it's just who is available for that particular hour.
There was no audio or video in our chat, which was good for a first time. Either of those two things might have made me nervous. Even with just typing, it was weird to have a five-way conversation. I would be typing the answer to someone's question and in the span of time it took for me to type, a different topic of conversation would start. I didn't know whether to finish my first thought or respond in the new direction.
And a few times there seemed to be no one chatting. Maybe we were all thinking, but our thoughts were long. At times I felt like I had to work to figure out something to add to the conversation. Still, all in all, a new technological experience and a successful one, as well.
I'll be moving into the 2000s any day now.