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Video: 5 Ways to Make Comments in Discussions

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Student 1: Compliment another person's comment, and explain why you found it interesting or useful

Student 2: I think we all agree that social media companies should be doing more to limit the spread of fake news, right.

Student 3: Yes, but people who use social media can also help. We can check sources and think more critically before sharing posts.

Student 1: Yeah, I’m so glad you said that, Ken. We’ve been talking about the government's responsibility, but I also think we also need to think about whether users are responsible.

 


 

Student 1: Build on what someone else said. Make it clear how you are extending their idea.

Student 2: I think we should list some major consequences of climate change, like how it affects us.

Student 3: Well, as the ice caps melt, the sea level will rise. This will really change coastlines.

Student 1: I want to add to your idea about melting ice caps. Besides changing sea levels, it will also change salt levels. And with different salt levels, water density and ocean currents will also be affected.

 


 

Student 3: Make a comment that directly relates to the course objectives, themes, or main topics.

Student 1: So, how is artificial intelligence used today?

Student 3: Maybe we should remember the focus of this unit. The textbook chapter is called “An Exciting Future,” so we need to think of future possibilities for artificial intelligence.

 


 

Student 2: Bring up a related concept from another class.

Student 1: In a recent article it said that affirmative action is a key factor here.

Student 2: Oh yes, we talked about that in my sociology class. I think the professor mentioned that affirmative action was originally designed to…

 


 

Student 1: Summarize other people's comments by making a connection between what they said.

Student 3: I think governments need to limit fake news on social media.

Student 2: But I think we also need to do a better job of educating people, because if people have better critical thinking skills and know how to recognize if a source is reliable or suspicious, then fake news won't spread so easily.

Student 1: Yeah, it sounds like we all agree there’s a problem with fake news, but we have different opinions on whose responsibility it is to stop fake news from spreading.