Being in a forum…

In response to a recent request for ideas and reflections on participating in a forum as  students would do so, I am going to stick my neck out here and make some suggestions.

These suggestions are designed to allow members like myself, who have far less tech. knowledge than those who have wonderfully contributed to the last two activities, to participate.  I feel that I represent the more reserved forum attendees, who will read everything that is going on but feel reluctant to actively participate for a variety of reasons

What would make it easier…

  • A kick off meeting using OU live. Then we could meet up and talk in real time about;  the activities, the road map and assign tasks before making a start. This would make it a lot easier for people to join in, and also inform others of their personal plans etc.
  • Regular OU live meetings to help establish and build  connections (could be at different times to reflect the various time zones) with each other. This really is important for the long term success of the forum. Otherwise people are likely to drop / burn out
  • As mentioned before, fewer threads. Otherwise people have to post the same message repeatedly in the hope of a response and others will feel unsure where to contribute and end up not doing so.

What would make it nicer…

  • I would like to suggest that we pool our data. This could be done in an organized fashion so that document could be stored under topic headlines; theory and innovation type spring to mind. Using a Google Site seems the obvious choice. If this is appropriate I would be happy to help set this up for the group.
  • A list of abbreviations, I know many, but when posts contain more than one new one; it slows down the reading somewhat. Again I would be happy to help set this up.


One thought on “Being in a forum…”

  1. William the points you raise here will be your checklist for the future (well Block 3, certainly!) and so it is a good idea to have captured these points here for that reason alone.
    I would agree with almost everything you’ve raised, but wonder how we go from this analysis to action. What is or should be the catalyst for organising a synchronous session, who should do this? This isn’t a trivial issue, so I hope others who’ve read this blog are wrestling with this too, so we can discuss this more.
    Thanks for this. Do remember it as we enter Block 3, let’s re-examine this then and determine different plan for that smaller group task. The things that failed now will be worth their weight in gold as prepartory learning for Block 3 😉

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