A couple comments and a question.
Comment 1 I can well understand Moira being miffed that anyone came
away thinking the weekend was hosted by Dimdim. Having said that, the
error was reasonably small; my guess is that Moira was really tired,
or might not have chosen the word miffed.
Comment 2 I'm not sure where Anne Fox is "going". It seems to me
that Moira could "withdraw" (as instructor then choose to post and
add comments or not. But it seems to me a shame that the posts that
were made are not (a) viewable by anyone, anytime and (b) would not
allow for continuing comments.
The question: Am I correct in (2) above? If so please help me out why
this is so?
(not snipped as it maybe I missed something from the below)?
At 8:51 PM +0000 11/1/06, Anne Fox wrote:
>Hoping you won't read this until you have had a very well-deserved
>rest. Anyone who was part of last weekend's Open course must realise
>what a huge amount of time you put into it and to very good effect.
>Leaving the discussion forums open would not put you as the course
>organiser under any obligation to continue your participation. I
>think it is only fair that the 'teaching contract element' of such
>weekends is clearly spelled out and that the
>teacher/trainer/facilitator feels fully entitled to withdraw after
>the contracted period. You recognise yourself in your writings the
>value of post course activity and in fact this is something which we
>have been pushing as good practice in two linked European projects I
>have been associated with recently.
>The other topic was the misconceptions people had of what the
>weekend was about. That is regrettable but should not be confused
>with the development of the conversation thread which might go in a
>completely different direction especially once the teacher has
>withdrawn. I think that is OK.
>I must admit that I joined because you were demonstrating Dimdim
>which I have been dying to try out for weeks now. You could put me
>down as someone who was already convinced of the need for the human
>touch in web based learning and was seeking after the perfect tool
>to achieve this.
>> I write further "In order to sustain professional development,
>some element of continuity is required."
>> So, what is the solution for free open weekends in Knowplace or
>EVO sessions or WiAOC? Ongoing forums or bringing people to these
>Yahoo groups or other solutions? Voice your opinions.
>> The discussion forums could go on for ever because even at the
>end of three days, it was not clear for certain participants that my
>focal point for the weekend was learning, live online and what that
>implies using a fully featured conferencing system. I chose two
>systems, DiscoverE and Dimdim, as examples. I could have chosen
>others. I was extremely vexed, to say the least, to just read a
>blog saying that Dimdim had hosted a weekend at Knowplace! !
>Obviously, the writer of the blog had missed the point! Does that
>motivate me to hold other free weekends? Not really! But how long
>must you continue to get the message across?