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This was already asked about. :l there's too many cons and not enough pros to it.
I figured there would be plenty of negatives just from the hardware / software side of things, not to mention how difficult it would be to monitor thousands of simultaneous conversations at a time... There is a feature like that where I work, but then again, students are monitored by teachers anytime they are working on a problem together in a virtual room. Too many users here for that kind of maintenance.
Surely, but we all went to the same reason why it couldn't be used. Language and culture diversity.
I would vote for HUGE YES!
Hm. But not everyone has a mic.
@ledah "Surely, but we all went to the same reason why it couldn't be used. Language and culture diversity." How does language prevent OS from working in voice format? I ask because language does not seem to interfere terribly much with the already-existing text & math format? Also how would cultural diversity prevent voice chat from working? Again, I ask because text & math seems to work pretty well given how diverse OS is. @karatechopper -- SUPER SECRET life hack... earbuds or earphones work as a mic, just plug them into the mic jack. :D
@karatechopper It worked for me, at least. A speaker is just a microphone in reverse, after all. NOTE -- depending on how your system is set up, you may only get your voice recorded in mono (if you speak, say, into the left channel only).
@mathteacher1729 Voice chat would be helpful I'd imagine, but it does add a level of potential chaos to discussions in a much more simultaneous way than text-based conversation does. I believe that OS chose to be text-based because of the sequential nature of such discussions. We would encounter technical issues of course related to the capabilities provided to each student by the specifications of their computer and internet access/bandwidth. Do you think that currently, the text-based system is insufficient? What would you suggest are ways to improve the currently system while maintaining the core, rather than a complete change to a new means of interaction (I see shared, interactive whiteboard, but what else)? Perhaps the ability to embed video would be useful because it could make it more part of the conversation.
I say that only because. people don't really know how to act. they would curse at people and we can't control it.
>What would you suggest are ways to improve the currently system while maintaining the core, rather than a complete change to a new means of interaction (I see shared, interactive whiteboard, but what else)? The ability to refer to previous drawings within a thread is a SUPERB feature. Can that be applied to LaTeX as well? Presently I have to right click on an equation, view it's math, then wrap that in \( \verb|\ [ \ ]| \) etc... to reference an equation that someone else wrote. A simple right click and "copy LaTeX" would be super duper and if Mathjax supports it, probably very easy to implement. Toggling the "all math" or "all writing" etc chat would be nice, but not urgent. Thank you for taking the time to reply. As always I'm impressed and encouraged by how open OS is to user feedback and how swiftly it implements meaningful changes. :)
I like this idea: an easy way to grab and then reuse LaTeX/equations would be really helpful. And if there were a way to have reference points in conversations like number each reply, that'd be useful too (this has been suggested before). What do you mean by ' Toggling the "all math" or "all writing" etc chat would be nice, but not urgent. ' ? Sure, thanks for the suggestions, as always you can post them here for discussion, and add a suggestion with the red feedback tab on the left.