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When discussing LGBT communities or issues, is it best for people to participate in productive conversations online or face to face?
We are trying to explore the idea of students expressing their opinions on the LGBT community, rights and personal experiences on web boards and if this is the most effective way to foster productive discussion about these topics. Although it may be the most comfortable setting to talk about sensitive subjects, does it really effectively take the place of face to face discussion.
Is electronic discussion a positive space for negotiating conflict that improves a course, or does it incite counter-productive arguments about personal relationships with issues?