Virtual Communities - A Place for Everyone

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Presentation on Virtual Communities from the ELI Fall Focus Session, September 2008. Discusses online communities and the use of tools and technologies to encourage online community

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Virtual Communities - A Place for Everyone

  1. 1. Virtual Communities A place for everyone Shannon Ritter - Social Networks Adviser Penn State World Campus, The Pennsylvania State University
  2. 2. http://cyber.law. harvard .edu/questions/ELIFall08
  3. 3. collaboration
  4. 4. largest collaboration on YouTube participatory interactive 67,000 + views
  5. 5. NMC Horizon Report collaboration w/ NMC and ELI Grassroots video Collaboration webs Mobile Broadband Data mashups Collective intelligence Social operating systems
  6. 7. One tool to rule them all? Won’t ever happen.
  7. 8. Communities are diverse
  8. 9. What works for one… may be a disaster for another choice = good
  9. 10. learners have: different needs different goals different technology different responsibilities they need options
  10. 11. How can we build communities for students that never see each other?
  11. 12. Second Life: virtual representation of actual campus spaces academic advising virtual events for students
  12. 13. Challenges: “buy-in” it’s a ‘game’ who else is doing it the conversation
  13. 14. thon
  14. 15. Facebook: student interaction with classmates and staff announcing events more personalized contact
  15. 16. Flickr: allows us to capture and share moments with students and their families graduation, homecoming, pep rallies, office events
  16. 18. YouTube
  17. 19. twitter:
  18. 20. Things to remember: choose the right tool options take the risk
  19. 21. learning spaces are all around us
  20. 22. There’s room for everyone in our virtual communities we > me always
  21. 23. demo and questions

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