This is a quote I found from a book called “Commonspace” NOTE : From the perspective of the lecturer and student support, e-learning has very little to do with technology…its about PEOPLE! Learning communities are about the HUMAN CONNECTION! <click to next slide>
Can you build a community online? < NO! You can’t “build” a community…but you can create the environment where it has a good chance of happening. IOW, you can SHAPE a community < click to next slide>
I believe what happens online is connection —not community .
… at times online connections can be more life-giving than many of our offline relationships, but they are not the same.
Online connections are good. They can be deep and good for our souls. But when we turn them into an online community, they can, and do, impact our face-to-face interactions. When we spend more time staring at a glowing monitor than we do into the eyes of those we love, it might be time to shut off the computer.
(Anne Jackson http:// blog . christianitytoday .com/ outofur /archives/2009/02/the_social_ netw .html )
… there are many disconnected people out there who have no particular community that would be enhanced by their going offline. For them, for right now, the connection is their community .
Let's not cheapen any act of intentional, good-willed human-to-human outreach as something less than an expression of authentic community. I doubt Paul wrote his (virtual) letters with anything less than a profound sense of community in his mind and heart. Communication builds community.
I'm surprised at the number of people framing this conversation in stark binary thinking. Physical = community. Virtual = something else . In reality, any definition of "community" must embody nuance and color and deeply shared imagination.
Community or Network? DOES COMMUNITY HAVE TO BE FACE TO FACE? http://www.flickr.com/photos/maiac/711198150/
Community v Network http://www.flickr.com/photos/choconancy/161004139/ Group A (Community) Group B (Network) Domain (professional focus) PLUS Personal (support, encouragement, friendship ) Domain (professional focus) is the subject of all activity and communication
In 2010, the Webheads community is alive and well (weekly meeting, daily communication, many gather each year at the international TESOL convention in March, several met for the first time in Argentina just last week….)
Responses to Live Poll ( Poll Everywhere ): on Technology and Community:
the y generation don’t see a difference between the online and offline communities. They go home from school to My space.
One person can be connected with many communities. Online places can strengthen your existing connections. Find like-minded souls wherever you can.
each technology has social & political direction built in. accepting technology without critical evaluation is unscientific & dangerous it works well if combined with f 2 f. emotions are complicated and not clear on line
Religious communities begin with someone they can't see...can't hear...and can't touch. Maybe God needs a Facebook profile
Good in its place, but what's its place?
can be a way to continue a face to face community which you have physically left behind
Enables regular group and one on one communications
Brings together people who otherwise may be unknown to each other
Affords multiple channels of communication
Provides for individual and collective needs
Provides shared public and permanent record for all to see
Allows everyone to contribute to this shared record
The Internet is…. “ not about dot coms, online malls…. It’s not about routers, servers, browsers.…In fact, the Internet isn’t even about technology. It’s about us. The collective us.” COMMONSPACE: Beyond Virtual Community: Surman & Wershler-Henry; 2001
“ The Read/Write Web” (Tim Berners Lee) Original photo by Hummanna
On Saturday May 15, 2010 I got my PhD! I've been very lucky to be part of this intellectual community, whose members are teachers, educator, fantastic scholars, extraordinary professors and amazing human beings. It would be impossible to overstate the impact you all had, and still having, on my life. The lessons I learned from you are many and profound lessons you imparted by quietly setting an example to me. It's a community "by the all to the all". (Authentic translation). What I've learned from every one of you is to stand up to challenges. As Vance wrote to me once, "keep your dreams strong'. I did, and I will always do. You all will always be a source of intellectual inspiration. Thanks again for all have given me. Hala Fawzi, PhD (that sounds nice ;-)
THE BIG QUESTIONS…… Can you build relationships... …online? Can you build social capital …online? Can we develop community … …online? YES WE CAN!!
Webheads Theme Song Audio at http:// webheadstheme . wikispaces .com/ CHORUS Webheads – all over the world Webheads – we’re all over the world 24/7 – we’re online It doesn’t really matter – whatever the time Someone’s there to answer the CALL CHORUS You want to know how to do it right Or maybe you’re lonely in the middle of the night Someone’s there to answer your CALL CHORUS You want to join your class up across the world Or you want an expert to talk to them live Someone will answer your CALL CHORUS You’re going on a journey to a foreign land Want to meet a friend there to show you around There’ll be someone there to answer your CALL CHORUS Learning together – sharing our views Living together – sharing our news Always someone there – on the same wavelength CHORUS
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