The homework for this week: “Write a post to your blog with your thoughts about the meaning of an online community and its uses. Include a list of identifying features that YOU would look for when assessing an online group or network for features which make it a community”
I’ve said in another post “I know it when I see it”
I’ve found this quite a hard thing to do. Got very distracted with the blogs.
1. Bron talked about where we started (F2F initially or some other path?) and said
Although I was a teacher I found this new facilitation role freed me from much of what constrained me in teaching.
Can school/learning migrate into learning community? Yes. I woujld give up If I thought otherwise. Community (online or not) includes the aspects of learning . . not formal, didactice. Other kinds.
2. Bron (the other one) said:
I am having a hard time keeping my fingers off the keyboard and not participating
This is a displacement activity for Bron – what she does when she should be somewhere else (writing in this case). She is supposed to be studying. Online community/networking is slightly seductive.
3. Do communities need a facilitator? Vida says this:
It is continuous communication which is the key to being a successful online Facilitator, perhaps not the method of communication.
4. Sylvia introduces a special word:
Since the conversation space opened we have been going through the ritual of introducing ourselves
Ritual. Communities have rituals.
Thats enough warmup
I may post some more tomorrow. I have very little that is original. But I will post on my cylinder theory. If things work out.