Communication between students on the MOOC is split between CloudWorks and Google Groups, Today a couple of people commented on one of my Clouds and I realised there is no way to thread replies or to reply privately so I was forced to post another comment to my own Cloud to answer them.
But Google Groups should be better. I went over to that site to look for people with similar interests (quality assurance, usability and accessibility) but found the search box lacking features I had discovered only yesterday,
I’ll show you …
This screenshot is from: https://groups.google.com/forum/embed/?parenturl=http://www.olds.ac.uk/mooc-environment/open-discussion&service=jotspot&ul=1&theme=default&place=forum/olds-mooc-open&showpopout=true&showsearch=true&afterlogin#!forum/olds-mooc-open
The next screenshot is from https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/olds-mooc-open
Notice the search box in the first image has no down arrow so you cannot access al the parameters available in the second image.
I’m not embarrassed to display my ineptitude at using Google Groups because I am confident in my digital literacy skills and spend my life on the web and I was able to find my way to the page I was looking at yesterday. However, this raises a serious issue. A less digitally literate student on this MOOC could get seriously frustrated if they follow links from inside the MOOC that seem to take them to the same place but that tool behaves differently. Of course there’s an explanation but really I’d rather not have the need for one.