Forum .LRN Q&A: Re: Loss of critical functionality in forums
I knew you would show up here shortly after the start of the course (2nd day... not bad . I look forward to using your and student feedback to improve the system.
To emphasize the problem: after getting .LRN forum notifications in my inbox a came to openacs.org to post responses. I had a real problem finding this thread because it has moved down on the list (ended up doing a quick directory search on your name to find the posting). This is suboptimal.
Possible quick solution for now (we certainly need one for the course): add a sort function (using the forums headings). Thereby making it possible to sort messages by Author, Last Post, etc.
Then we need to look at the other functions asap.
But seriously, this is very important. Making a "what's new?" -portlet in dotlrn that would aggregate new/unanswered stuff to MySpace from forums and possibly other sources shouldn't be too hard.
Right now I get all new emails/postings/homework alerts as notifications (123 messages in my inbox yesterday from 22 students).
Due to the fact that each notification has a different number, I can't seem to set up a rule in OUTLOOK to bundle all new postings, emails, and "homework alerts" (like that expression - sounds dangerous) in one folder.
If there were a folder with only new items in the class system, I could then simply turn off the notification feature and still be assured that I have new information. My students also have problems with the flood of emails in the present system, too.
We all seem to agree that this would be useful, but I wanted to describe my hands-on situation.