Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams,
but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit,
compassion, love, and understanding.
On Thursday, April 8th 2010, I'll be hosting a discussion, a share-meet if you will, as my first presentation at the IATEFL conference in Harrogate.
Anyone running an online community with students, teachers or other educators.
A brief presentation of psychological, historical and evolutionary aspects of real-life tribal communities followed by a swap-shop reviewing the key roles of e-participants; discussing group life cycles, net-i-quette issues and conflict resolution; a comparison of web platforms and sharing tips for accessing the wisdom of the crowd.
Many of us who run e-communities have paths that cross frequently (on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or even in each others communities) however, we very rarely get an opportunity to sit down face-to-face and say
"Hey, xyz works really well in my community but you know, I tried abc - which I saw mnopq do well, but oddly enough it didn't for us... what about in your group, did you try? Oh you did fgh instead? Great concept..."
So, in a series of posts running from now until end March, I thought I'd begin to explore some of the subjects we'll be chatting about, on this blog, and that way I can get to know more of your thoughts and access your wisdom; see what's most pressing, what's not such a big deal (limited time there and all that) and then feed these into the session... plus your comments would also help to create the discussion cards!
The 10min Presentation
- Animal/human evolution and the move towards the creation of tribes
- The psychology and historical implications behind forming tribes and creating tribal roles
- The relationship between community positions in Real Life versus roles in our Online Lives.
The 45min Swap-Shop
- Online platforms
- Group identity
- Individual identity
- Collaboration, invention and working together
- Life cycles of Groups
- Differences in working with learners vs educators
- Tribes and cash
In my next postings, I'll be highlighting each of the above as individual postings and I'll link back as I go through each for a more concentrated discussion.
Have I missed any core topics? Got a question? Don't hesitate to add your thoughts!
1. Blog posts from today until end March
2. Discussion at IATEFL
3. Summary based on swap-shop
4. Free pdf available: blog posts (selected comments included + notes from conference
The video mentioned by Elizabeth Anne below in the comments is
PBS Frontline, Digital Nation: Life on the virtual frontier