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Westwood Unitarian And The Net Part 2

Westwood Unitarian And The Net Part 2



Second part of an adult education exploration of the net and its applications to facebound, extended and online religious organizations.

Second part of an adult education exploration of the net and its applications to facebound, extended and online religious organizations.



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    • Westwood The Net and U Part 2 Terry Anderson terrya@athabascau.ca
    • • May 13 – What can our youth teach us about Net use – Web affordances - Demos, and Questions • May 20 – Taxonomy of the Soul in Cyberspace
    • Five technological capabilities Awareness Recognise the new technologies, their products and applications. User Use the new technological tools to support learning, work and life. Maker Apply the new technologies to produce new ‘products’ and services. Evaluator Make critical judgments about the new technologies, their products and their impacts. Holistic Recognise the impact of the new technologies on how we think. Prof. David Layton
    • Introductions • Tell us about an instance when you used effectively (or ineffectively) web resources, or their use added confusion. • Do you have something you want to learn or share about the net in these sessions?
    • Terry’s Soul in Cyberspace • 2001 paper delivered at Westwood and CUC with a taxonomy of three major Uses of the Net by religious Organizations: 1. Enhancing place bound churches 2. Substituting Net for face-to-face activities 3. Net Native Religious activities
    • Taxonomy of the ‘Many’ Dron and Anderson, 2007 Group Conscious membership Leadership and organization Cohorts and paced Rules and guidelines Metaphor : Access and privacy controls Virtual classroom Focused and often time limited May be blended F2F 6
    • Network Shared interest/practice Fluid membership Friends of friends Group Reputation and altruism driven Emergent norms, structures Activity ebbs and flows Rarely F2F Metaphor: Virtual Community of Practice 7
    • Group Network Collective ‘Aggregated other’ Unconscious ‘wisdom of crowds’ Stigmergic aggregation Algorithmic rules Augmentation and annotation More used, more useful Data Mining Metaphor: Never F2F Wisdom of Crowds 8
    • Enhancing Face-to-Face Churches • Administration - Making things more efficient and more effective – A tour of Westwood’s Home Page – Picking meeting dates – Meetingwizard.com – Our Yahoo mailing list and committee mailing lists – Email makes the world go round! (and drives some of us crazy. Strategies for survival! – Collaborative reports, – Google docs and cloud computing
    • Enhancing Face-to-Face Churches • The role of Social Networks: – Profiles – Groups – Calendars – Personal updates – “the wall” blogs – Sharing of photos • Church Based Social Networks sites: – On Facebook – On Ning – On Athabasca’s Me2u
    • 2. Replacing or extending Face-to-Face • Conferences: – Virtual Conferences • Green savings, time savings, disruption and opportunity costs – UUTeens from many churches on Ning • Church of the Larger Fellowship • Attend church when travelling, sick or feeling green - Celebration Church of Jacksonville example
    • 3. Net Centric Religious Organizations • Unitarians on SecondLife • Church of Reality • The Methodist's Church of Fools See Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet
    • Moral Struggles in Cyberspace • Brenda E. Brasher author of Give Me That Online Religion describes four types of attitudes contending for moral conquest of cyberspace: – Utopians – Land of opportunity – Anarchists – Goodbye constraints – Tourists – ‘golly gee’ what will they think of next??? – Oblivious – I just don’t get it! To interact via a computer screen with an online Hindu temple is a profoundly different religious experience” Brasher, 2004, p. 4
    • Your turn • Is there a net site or application you would like to share with us?? • Do you have a burning question? • How can the tools of the net best sewrve Westwood, its members and friends.