Tips on Conducting an Online Book
Discussion Group
www.bookdialogue.com
Why Start a Book Discussion Group?
• Share the joy of reading
• Enrich the reading experience
• Create a community of read...
Online vs. Traditional
• Pros
– Reach a larger group of people
– No geographic boundaries
– No need to reserve a physical ...
Considerations
• Group name
• Size of group (always pad the group)
• Who will lead the discussion
• Frequency of meetings
...
What Group Facilitator Will Need
• Participants
• Computer
• Internet Connection
• Virtual Meeting Software
• Headset
What Participants Will Need
• Computer*
• Internet Connection*
• Speakers or headphones (microphone
optional)*
* Some virt...
Elements of Virtual Meeting Software
(Synchronous Communication)
• Audio broadcast (VOIP)
• Screen sharing
• Text chat
• V...
Examples of Virtual Meeting Software
• AnyMeeting (http://www.anymeeting.com)
• GotoMeeting
• Join.me
• Lync
• MeetingBurn...
Asynchronous Communication
• Notify members of meeting dates and
cancellations
• Allow group members to share
impressions ...
Where to Get Books
• Your local library
• http://openlibrary.org/
• http://www.gutenberg.org/
Preparation for the Meeting
• Take notes as you are reading the book
• Set the stage for the discussion
– Synopsis
– Major...
During the Meeting
• Keep the conversation going
• Feel free to use other books, websites,
videos, etc., within your discu...
How to Spice Things Up!
• Quiz participants on characters or events
within the story
• Give stuff away (e.g., online gift ...
References
• Jacobsohn, R. W. (1998). The reading group handbook:
everything you need to know to start your own book
club ...
Online Resources
• http://bookgroupbuzz.booklistonline.com/
• http://www.greatbooks.org/
• http://www.readinggroupguides.c...
Questions?
• Go to : http://www.bookdialogue.com/
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Tips on Conducting an Online Book Discussion Group

  1. 1. Tips on Conducting an Online Book Discussion Group www.bookdialogue.com
  2. 2. Why Start a Book Discussion Group? • Share the joy of reading • Enrich the reading experience • Create a community of readers
  3. 3. Online vs. Traditional • Pros – Reach a larger group of people – No geographic boundaries – No need to reserve a physical space – Participants may retain their anonymity – More easily moderated • Cons – Absence of human contact – Possible technical difficulties
  4. 4. Considerations • Group name • Size of group (always pad the group) • Who will lead the discussion • Frequency of meetings • Discussion format • Reading list • Method of communication (both synchronous and asynchronous)
  5. 5. What Group Facilitator Will Need • Participants • Computer • Internet Connection • Virtual Meeting Software • Headset
  6. 6. What Participants Will Need • Computer* • Internet Connection* • Speakers or headphones (microphone optional)* * Some virtual meeting software allows you to call in via cell phone
  7. 7. Elements of Virtual Meeting Software (Synchronous Communication) • Audio broadcast (VOIP) • Screen sharing • Text chat • Video broadcast
  8. 8. Examples of Virtual Meeting Software • AnyMeeting (http://www.anymeeting.com) • GotoMeeting • Join.me • Lync • MeetingBurner • Skype • WebEx
  9. 9. Asynchronous Communication • Notify members of meeting dates and cancellations • Allow group members to share impressions of the book before meeting • Can use online groups to maintain an e- mail distribution list (e.g., Google groups)
  10. 10. Where to Get Books • Your local library • http://openlibrary.org/ • http://www.gutenberg.org/
  11. 11. Preparation for the Meeting • Take notes as you are reading the book • Set the stage for the discussion – Synopsis – Major characters/themes – Author background info • Prepare discussion questions
  12. 12. During the Meeting • Keep the conversation going • Feel free to use other books, websites, videos, etc., within your discussion • Stick to the schedule
  13. 13. How to Spice Things Up! • Quiz participants on characters or events within the story • Give stuff away (e.g., online gift card) • Ask participants to cast the movie version • Invite the author • Be adventurous with book choices
  14. 14. References • Jacobsohn, R. W. (1998). The reading group handbook: everything you need to know to start your own book club (Rev. ed.). New York: Hyperion.
  15. 15. Online Resources • http://bookgroupbuzz.booklistonline.com/ • http://www.greatbooks.org/ • http://www.readinggroupguides.com/
  16. 16. Questions? • Go to : http://www.bookdialogue.com/

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