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History of Forums
In the past, forums were viewed as places for geeks to communicate via the web. However, as the internet continues to grow and define itself, we have found them to be a very valuable resource of information. Forums benefit your internet experience twofold. Forums date from around 1995 and perform a similar function to the dial-up bulletin boards and internet newsgroups that were popular in the 80's and 90's. It gives you a sense of virtual community that develops from the regular users. Forums have also been referred to as bulletin boards, discussion boards, message boards, discussion forums and web forums.
Tech Support Guy
Back in 1996, a 14-year old Mike Cermakk started his website called “Tech Support Guy”. The site started as a humble set of a dozen or so common computer problem solutions. That time, the Internet was still relatively new to most people, and Tech Support Guy was one of the first sites to offer free computer support. Ever since that day, Tech Support Guy is widely regarded as one of the best free computer support forum sites. http://www.techguy.org/history.html
Why Open University uses online forums.
Online forums can make a big difference by making you feel part of the OU community, connecting to other students and keeping you motivated. It's a help to know that other people are struggling with the same issues as you, and that you can share problems and ideas at any time of day or night It is a good way for students to work together, rather than individually. Group working is becoming an important element of many courses, partly because it is increasingly the way the workplace is organised. Employers look for evidence of group working skills. In learning, group working tends to promote deeper understanding of a subject and better critical thinking. Online forums are a different way of learning from face-to-face methods, and people need to learn how...
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