David Stodolsky edited this page Jan 7, 2014 · 10 revisions

Many procedures for allocation of turns to speakers have been advocated.
MyTurn resolves conflicting requests to speak in favor of the person who has spoken the least.

Our motto: Protect, Promote, Perform

Protect the speaker:
Direct transitions from speaker to speaker are protected, since the responsibility for either cutting off an over-time speaker or rejecting a pending request is shared by the group, as opposed to being the sole responsibility of the succeeding speaker, which is the case in unstructured dialogue. This is true for two reasons, first the group has agreed to use the program to select among conflicting requests. Second, at any direct transition, between one and all of the listeners have requests pending, thus indicating a desire to terminate the turn of the current speaker. Neither the presence of, nor the source of a request is revealed if it is rejected. An accepted request is revealed only when the name of the new speaker appears.

Promote participation:
Participation is balanced through application of an Equal-time Resolution Rule. In groups using that rule, persons who were fearful of speaking in groups were felt to be group leaders just as often as persons who were not fearful.

Performance of groups using the Equal-time Resolution Rule is superior. They make better decisions, enjoy themselves more, experience less frustration, and view their decisions more favorably as compared to face-to-face groups (Stodolsky, 1987).

Number of participants in a discussion:

The app doesn't impose a limit on the number of participants in a discussion. It can be used by a single person to track the amount of time used by that person in a discussion - this will appear in the report at the end of the discussion. The app can also show the time left in a discussion or when time for the discussion runs out.

A practical limit for participation is about 20 users. This assumes all users wish to address the group.