Comments within Makers Empire help to create a positive online community. Research shows that open and frequent commenting behaviour encourages community building and collaboration.
Comments provide opportunities for student communication and collaboration by giving students an authentic audience of peers and allowing students to receive positive and constructive feedback on their designs.
Comments also enable students to learn from their peers by providing a space for questions to be asked and answered about the design process.
Comments unrelated to designs may seem unproductive, however, these are key in forming trust between users and helping to build a positive, collaborative community