Hi all happy holiday Webheads!
Teresa mailed me some days ago to tell me about what a good Sunday chat I
had missed. So I felt happy when Vance announced that the relevant log
was up on our homepage. By the way, I appreciate the quick way they
sessions have been resumed, with a list of active participants.
Once more, I feel the pleasure of reading a chatlog from a session where
I was myself behindered to participate, like this last Sunday. Again, I
appreciate the remarkable mix of informal and fun social interplay and the
more "serious" professional references to our ongoing work with peer
support and knowledge building - the more i study this phenomenon, the
better I understand how it has deep roots in our previous timetaking
making online friendship and collegiality. This logged transcript is a
great tool for thinking; as I read, I make some innner remarks , some of
these I would certainly have shared with you, in case I had been there
with you? The topics that I was especially interested in, was of course,
Dafne's report from her online classes in EFL on Valencian architecture,
created as a natural follow on our WIA seminar, and the discussions
concerning the new community tool, CommunityZero (or CZ), that I've also
played a little with now - and the questions about GEN. It was so
interesting to see the surprise welcoming of the long absent Nigel
(member of the late team BB) , who was a little intrigued because he had
no idea what was the previous action - a projection of the GEN intro URL.
There was a natural return to our previous explorations of Blackboard (BB)
and other courseware and community tools, and then, someone asked if we
still had the Special Interest group we created in Global Educators'
Network, the Webheads SIG. Yes, we do, although it has been quite
inactive for some time, mostly due to my own lack of ability to juggle
with many balls, I am afraid. It is open for registered GEN members. And
, the free offline Course Reader in question is a newly released Open
Source tool that can be used in connection with VirtualU, as well as
Blackboard or WebCT courseware, for use at home with no connection to
internet, and places where the login time is expensive. Some of the GEN
people have been deeply involved in the Course reader programming and
design, and the community has been beta-testing and discussing it in GEN
GEN is created in the asynchronous conferencing part of the classic
learning environment, or courseware called VirtualU, (VU) Sylvia
Currie is one brilliant GEN expert, developer and facilitator - and she
is very interested in new ideas for online seminar topics. She and I are
hosting a monthly session in Tapped IN - we decided to do this, mostly
because the synch chat tool in VU is not really functional. Someone
referred to me as the GEN "expert" which is far too flattering , as I
myself still has many questions concerning the uses and implementations of
VU. But as a devoted GEN community member, I did introduce our Webheads
In Action community to the GEN community, because I wanted to point your
attention to the interesting free seminars about online learning,
teaching and facilitating as seen from many aspects, and initated by
educators and researchers in the field.
Hope this will shed some more light on our ongoing discussion?
You might find some clues in the recent paper I published (with Nini
Ebeltoft), there was a description of both Tapped In and GEN, seen from
the aspect of "Cooperative Cultures in Sociotechnical Communities"