Harvesting, Weaving and Creating Summaries

by Nancy White, last edited 3/2003 (Originally at http://www.fullcirc.com/community/creatingsummaries.htm) Asynchronous text based online conferencing often suffers from too much volume and what has been labeled the “tyranny of recency over relevancy.” Even in threads highly focused and on topic, gems quickly get buried and action items forgotten. Important side topics either dominate, or die. This creates … Continue reading Harvesting, Weaving and Creating Summaries

Defining the Purpose of Your Community

Updated 10/02 (Note: This piece was written back  here at  http://www.fullcirc.com/community/communitypurpose.htm in the “olden days” of text based web conferencing as the primary platform for online communities. Many things have changed since then. At some point, I’ll update this piece! 3/15) By Nancy White “The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to … Continue reading Defining the Purpose of Your Community

Networks, Groups and Catalysts: The Sweet Spot for Forming Online Learning Communities

Nancy White, August 2002 Presented at Net*Working 2002, Australia (online) In the late 90’s there was a lot of energy around “virtual communities.” They were touted as the ultimate web deployment, the key to online commerce and later online education. Early adopters swarmed sites and racked up web hits in the millions. But then there … Continue reading Networks, Groups and Catalysts: The Sweet Spot for Forming Online Learning Communities

Conference and Topic Structures

By Sue Boetcher Updated 10/00 By now, your head is swimming with decisions to be made: chat vs. conferencing? public vs. private? threaded vs. linear? newsletters, publicity, invitations. But before you get too far in your plans, be certain that your sense of purpose is clear, for it will drive all your other decisions. Purpose … Continue reading Conference and Topic Structures