Developing Online Community

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These slides can be viewed in tandem with the podcast of a live event at the ESL Educators Conference. (8/10/07) Podcast at http://michaelc.podomatic.com/entry/2007-10-08T07_51_33-07_00

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  • Developing Online Community

    1. 1. Developing Online Community ESLE Conference Adelaide, Oct 8 th , 2007
    2. 2. Multiple Venue Presentation (MVP) <ul><li>An event that blends live online and face to face audiences </li></ul>
    3. 3. Education Development Centre (venue for live event on Oct 8 th , ’07)
    4. 4. MULTIPLE VENUE PRESENTATIONS (MVPs) remote students guest lecturer CLASSROOM/ F2F VENUE public space
    5. 5. WHO’S ONLINE TODAY?
    6. 6. Community <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>21 st century life </li></ul>
    7. 7. Internet and Community- what happens? <ul><li>You connect less with some of the people around you in your daily life </li></ul><ul><li>You connect with people you already know via a different medium (online) </li></ul><ul><li>You connect with people you would otherwise have had no contact with </li></ul>
    8. 8. Online Community – what’s the appeal? <ul><li>You connect less with some of the people around you in your daily life! </li></ul><ul><li>You connect with people you already know via a different medium (online). (You get to know people differently) </li></ul><ul><li>You connect with people you would otherwise have had no contact with </li></ul>
    9. 9. Online Community – what’s the appeal? <ul><li>You can connect with multiple people with similar interests at the same time (many to many communication.) (Group discussion) </li></ul><ul><li>Maybe it’s just easier? </li></ul>
    10. 10. Backdrop: Social Networking Sites <ul><li>MySpace, Facebook ( 75% of yr 11/12 students in Australia have a MySpace site) </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr (photo sharing) </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube (video sharing) </li></ul><ul><li>etc </li></ul>
    11. 11. Developing Online Community The Webheads Experience
    12. 12. Where do we fit? Face to face Community IT Community IT Individuals + WEBHEADS = + IT Community
    13. 13. The Palace
    14. 14. Webheads - origin <ul><li>Vance’s class were online after mine </li></ul><ul><li>We decided to unite the classes </li></ul><ul><li>Obvious signs that the group wanted to stay together </li></ul><ul><li>Vance proposed that we call ourselves WEBHEADS </li></ul>
    15. 15. Who are the Webheads? <ul><li>“an experiment in world friendship through online language learning” </li></ul>300 + members
    16. 16. Where are the Webheads? in approximately 50 countries
    17. 17. Webheads Today <ul><li>In 2007, the Webheads community is alive and well (weekly meeting, daily communication, many gather each year at the international TESOL convention in March, Elizabeth and partner visited me here last summer….) </li></ul>
    18. 18. How/why has this community survived?
    19. 19. Webheads Drivers <ul><li>Initially, the vision and enthusiasm of one person – the leader, and no #1 cat herder (Vance Stevens) </li></ul><ul><li>Vision and enthusiasm of several key members </li></ul><ul><li>Common causes : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ESL/EFL/language teaching and learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International friendship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interest in exploring technology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Refocusing </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in membership </li></ul>
    20. 20. Webheads Drivers <ul><li>Ongoing personal gain; “What I receive is worthwhile; what I give is valued” </li></ul><ul><li>Synchronous meetings (always 2 per wk – a ‘student meeting’, and a ‘teachers meeting) </li></ul>
    21. 21. Synchronous Meetings <ul><li>Tapped In: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Weekly regular event (Tapped In) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instant Messengers, Virtual Classrooms > voice interaction; webcams </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. Other Webhead Events <ul><li>Dafne (Caracas) </li></ul><ul><li>Aiden (Taiwan) </li></ul><ul><li>Conferences/Workshops/ Social </li></ul>
    23. 23. Community Roles (Wenger) <ul><li>The inspirational leadership provided by thought leaders and recognized experts </li></ul><ul><li>The day-to-day leadership provided by those who organize activities </li></ul><ul><li>The classificatory leadership provided by those who collect and organize information in order to document practices </li></ul><ul><li>The interpersonal leadership provided by those who weave the community's social fabric </li></ul>
    24. 24. Community Roles (Wenger) <ul><li>The boundary leadership provided by those who connect the community to other communities </li></ul><ul><li>The institutional leadership provided by those who maintain links with other organizational constituencies, in particular the official hierarchy </li></ul><ul><li>The cutting-edge leadership provided by those who shepherd &quot;out-of-the-box&quot; initiatives. </li></ul>
    25. 25. Domain. Community. Practice. <ul><li>Domain:   This is the participants’ common ground – their understanding of the common issues and use of a common ‘language’. </li></ul><ul><li>Community:   This is the socialising, collegiate, relationship element between the participants.  </li></ul><ul><li>Practice: This is the processes by which participants learn by sharing skills and information, and accumulate and disseminate knowledge.   </li></ul><ul><li>(from Marlene Manto) </li></ul>
    26. 26. The role of technology in sustaining this community <ul><li>Enables communication across place and time </li></ul><ul><li>Affords several modes of communication (email, discussion boards, Instant Messaging, blogs, voice tools, webcams, virtual classrooms, websites) </li></ul><ul><li>The email listserv is the lifeblood </li></ul>
    27. 27. The role of technology in sustaining this community <ul><li>Activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching and learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trialling tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-delivery of conferences and workshops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student activity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sustained activity has created a reputation where we are now approached to trial tools, and present at conferences (so technology is still the mechanism and in part, the purpose) </li></ul><ul><li>The wow factor maintains…… </li></ul>
    28. 28. WEBHEADS WEBSITE(S) <ul><li>Collective and individual spaces (pages, blogs, wikis) </li></ul><ul><li>Photos (people, colleges, places of work, family) </li></ul><ul><li>Writings on individual pages </li></ul><ul><li>Resources found and/or created by the community </li></ul><ul><li>All of this can be shared via the Web </li></ul>
    29. 29. Cornerstones: Technology - <ul><li>Enables regular group and one on one communications </li></ul><ul><li>Brings together people who otherwise would be unknown to each other </li></ul><ul><li>Affords multiple channels of communication </li></ul><ul><li>Provides for individual and collective needs </li></ul><ul><li>Provides shared public and permanent record for all to see </li></ul><ul><li>Allows everyone to contribute to this shared record </li></ul>
    30. 30. <ul><li>Can you build relationships... …online? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you build social capital …online? </li></ul><ul><li>Can community develop… …online? </li></ul>THE BIG QUESTIONS……
    31. 31. <ul><li>Can you build relationships... …online? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you build social capital …online? </li></ul><ul><li>Can community develop… …online? </li></ul><ul><li>YES!! </li></ul>THE BIG QUESTIONS……
    32. 32. Joining the Webheads <ul><li>Send an email to </li></ul><ul><li>evonline2002_webheads-subscribe@yahoogroups.com </li></ul><ul><li>Annual 6 wk seminar over the Australian summer (as part of annual TESOL convention) </li></ul>
    33. 33. The Internet is…. <ul><li>“ 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.” </li></ul><ul><li>COMMONSPACE: Beyond Virtual Community: </li></ul><ul><li>Surman & Wershler-Henry; 2001 </li></ul>
    34. 34. <ul><li>for more information contact Michael Coghlan </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>THANK YOU  </li></ul>

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