TL;DR: Do you think that a self-hosted instance of Lemmy might be usable enough for me to use as a discussion forum for my online classes?
Hi, I’m a HS teacher. Like many schools around the world, mine will be starting the academic year with a distance learning model.
I’m looking for a platform to host asynchronous discussions with my students this year.
I like the reddit/lemmy model of structured discussion and think it would be very useful for in a distance/asynchronous learning environment. I love the simple lemmy/reddit model of structured discussion for this. It’s better than what I’ve seen in LMS’s (flexible, easy to use, etc.)
Do you think that Lemmy might be usable enough for me to use as a discussion forum for my classes?
I would not be using Lemmy as the main LMS for my class, just as an occasional or ongoing discussion forum.
It would be a ‘real world’ use, so I care about usability and easy onboarding for non-technical users, and of course I don’t want my server to break, BUT **the contents would never be mission-critical. ** Disruptions and even full collapse of the site would not be the end of the world. I would like the option of using Lemmy for certain kinds of assessment (did you contribute substantively? did you follow the norms of reasonable discussion that we talked about?), but I could totally cope if the worst were to happen… the point is the conversation.
Me: I’m a redditor with some slightly crufty experience as a linux sysadmin. I expect installation to be possible and documented, but I can troubleshoot, if you’d all be so kind to listen if I get stuck. Once the school year starts I won’t have lots of time to invest in maintenance.
** Hosting: ** I’d host this on my own machine at home or (more likely) using a $5-$10 VPS.
Federation: I would not be planning to take advantage of the ‘federated’ aspect of Lemmy, at least at the beginning. An isolated site is better for this use case.
**Any comments or advice? Has anyone tried Lemmy for classes of students? **
Edit: If I have <150 users and pretty low usage overall, will 4gb of RAM be enough on the server? Would 2gb? ~~ I currently own something like the Value Server here 1 core / 2GB RAM / 40 GB storage? ~~ The Lemmy Install guide doesn’t mention specs.
Edit 2: I currently have a ** Linode Nanode (1GB: 1 CPU, 25GB Storage, 1GB RAM).** This is certainly too little to run Lemmy, no?
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