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Connecting Online in Developing Countries - Sat. 08/11 @8PM (NZ time)119:38, 17 June 2009
Heart2Heart Online119:38, 17 June 2009
The Role of a Facilitator019:38, 17 June 2009
Managing Multimembership in Social Networks: Oct 27-Nov 9, 2008019:38, 17 June 2009
Conference project collaborators wanted119:38, 17 June 2009
Wikis and Collaboration019:38, 17 June 2009
Welcome019:38, 17 June 2009
TLC - Think, Learn & Create319:38, 17 June 2009
Story Telling019:38, 17 June 2009

Connecting Online in Developing Countries - Sat. 08/11 @8PM (NZ time)

Connecting Online in Developing Countries
Session will be held here: WiZiq on 8th Nov.@8pm (NZ time), check your time here

If you are interested in any of the following questions, please join us and share your thoughts with us on this Saturday, 8th Nov.

  • How’s the situation in developing countries to be connected online?
  • What are the main issues connecting online in developing counties?
  • Are the barriers for us to go online the same for people in developing countries?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for people living in developing countries to be connected online?
  • Is there any difference between the communities in developed and developing counties?

We have several experienced marvelous guest speakers coming to this session discussing the topic with us. I would like to invite you come and share your thoughts and experience with us :-) Please leave your comments and questions here.



Joy.zhao (talk)14:09, 5 November 2008

Hello Joy Can you summarize the findings? These are really important questions!

Thanks, Valerie

Vtaylor (talk)02:18, 30 November 2008

Heart2Heart Online

After participating in some on-line communities’ asynchronous discussions and synchronous sessions I have seen a whole bunch of people who are highly transactional and impersonal in approach. On the other hand, I have also observed that there are those who are reaching out to connect on a deeper level other than that of simply being utilitarian. My focus is the latter.

In the physical world there are communities that facilitate gatherings that are targeted on being able to connect deeply. One is the popular Heart Talk developed by Cliff Durfee or Mutual Support Groups popularized by Arnold Patent. I wish to learn how to make the same phenomenon (of simply being ourselves and open with our feelings in support of one another) happen online.

Please join my wife, Ivy (guest), and I explore the extent to which we can continue being our true selves even in the virtual world.

What issues should we consider?

What challenges should we be anticipating?

What can we do in order to overcome potential risks in such sessions, if any?

Servant02 (talk)19:01, 3 October 2008

I'm intrigued by this session and interested in the "pattern language" or elements that would go into creating environments in which people are able to relax and "be themselves", to create deep connections with each other and explore conversations that are truly meaningful.

What kinds of things are important in the creation of this kind of space? Are the aesthetics of the environment in which you gather of key import or value? The presence of imagery and color? The options available or ease with which you can navigate the communication tools? The warmth of your welcome as you enter the space as a newcomer? The frequency and/or tenor of the conversation itself? Does having a clear purpose for being there make a difference? Do agreed-upon "rules" for interaction help or hinder? What are the intangibles and the things you can't plan for that either support depth connections or inhibit them?

What are the elements that contribute to a space where "authenticity" is no more of an issue online than it is if you are not online? Does sharing your "real name" make it easier or harder to be "yourself"? What kind of possibilities does the online medium allow that are not available in face to face interactions? Are there things that are impossible online?

What kinds of dialogic models, either online or off, support depth of connection and heart-felt sharing? Where do we go for models? What are the specific challenges of the online medium, and how do we translate what we know in one medium into another?

My own most interesting work is in creating the online environments that can hold and support these kinds of deeper connections between people. I'd love to share what I know and learn from what others are doing.

Please let me know where this session will be held and I will be there.

Amy Lenzo:

AmyLenzo (talk)18:04, 29 October 2008

The Role of a Facilitator

I recorded an interview with a Community Facilitator. For the mini conference I would like participants to listen to the inteview and then discuss if it has changed their perceived role of a facilitator or is the role of a community facilitator different from that of a facilitator in an educational organisation. This discussion will be held on skype on Wednesday 5th November at 7pm UTC. All intersted people are welcome to attend. It would be good if participants cuold listen to the interview before the session. This is the link.

Vidathompson (talk)15:17, 9 October 2008

Managing Multimembership in Social Networks: Oct 27-Nov 9, 2008

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Last edit: 01:48, 30 September 2008

Sue Wolff, Jeffrey Keefer, Bronwyn Stuckey, and I have been exchanging email about working together on this project and this week had our first planning meeting in the FOC08 24/7 meeting room (handy to have that room!). We're organizing a 2-week asynchronous event (October 26 - November 9, 2008). It will be hosted at SCoPE, which is an educator community that is free and open to the public. The working title is "Managing Multimembership in Social Networks" and we're working on the description here: [1]

We've agreed on a tag for our event: multimembership.

I posted a bit of background info on my blog and more posts tagged multimembership to come!: [2]

So far we've agreed on a format for the event, and we're sketching out a job jar and timeline on our wiki page: Facilitating online communities/course mini conference/multimembership.

More detail about this soon!


Sylvia.currie (talk)07:28, 26 September 2008

Conference project collaborators wanted

For the mini conference, I'd like to do a run-through of our Global Leadership Development course. It is still very much a work in progress, but it is an important OER contribution.

I'm looking for 2 or 3 others who have an interest in making leadership training available to anyone who seeks to learn more about taking charge, taking action and taking responsibility for making the world a better place one project at a time.

Assistance is needed for drafting participant activities, locating appropriate reading, audio and video about leading and leadership, locating projects where participants can contribute, and facilitating the mini conference. Interested in this challenge? Please let me know how you would like to be involved. vtaylor at gmail dot com

Vtaylor (talk)16:08, 27 September 2008

Hi Valerie, I would be interested in joining you in creating a global leadership development course. I have taken a few courses in leadership for the past 3 years in my doctoral studies (educational leadership). I am very involved in leadership and the change process.

Please contact me.

Thank you.

Nellie Deutsch

Nelliemuller (talk)00:33, 2 October 2008

Wikis and Collaboration

I'd like to facilitate a session on collaboraiton and wikis. I'm hoping to host a 'special guest' -- a world renowned 'expert' in mass collaboration for a 60-90 minute session, which will include a short presentation and time for Q&A.

I'll need to confirm times/dates, but it's likely to be in the second week of the mini-conf (week ending Nov 9, 2008).

Darylcook (talk)15:57, 30 September 2008

Welcome to the discussion area for the mini conference. To start us off, if you are proposing or planning an event, please start a new thread and invite discussion around your idea. When we have confirmed all events, we will set up new threads for confirmed events for attendees to discuss the event itself. Have fun :) and if you have any problems, contact me at any time: leighblackallATgmailDOTcom

Leighblackall (talk)13:09, 4 July 2008

TLC - Think, Learn & Create

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Last edit: 11:23, 1 October 2008

Mind maps are a dynamic way to capture significant points of information. They use a global format, allowing information to be displayed in the same way that our brain functions, in many directions simultaneously.

In this 1-hour session we would like to introduce participants to this method of notetaking, followed by a Q&A session with our guest speaker/s.

During this discussion we invite you to post your ideas and questions about what you would wish to gain from this session, planned to be held on Friday 31 October 2008 11 am NZ DST (10 pm Thursday 30 October UTC).


Elaine Dittert and Kay Lewis

ElaineDittert (talk)09:35, 1 October 2008

Hi Guys,

I am really keen to attend your session, but when I tried to connect to 24/7 virtual clsrm this morning (07/11 11am)but failed. Maybe your session been helpd last Friday? I saw somewhere about ur session said will held on 07/11? Shame missed your session :-(

Cheers, Joy

Joy.zhao (talk)11:43, 7 November 2008

Hi Joy

Sorry we missed you - yes it was run, as planned, last Friday 7 November at 11.30 am (NZT). You might want to look at the recording of our session.

Kind regards, Elaine and Kay

Kaylewis22 (talk)13:57, 13 November 2008

Hints of a new 3D mind mapping tool (and in Second Life)[edit]

You may be interested in this link -

Being in Second Life, it looks as if this could shape up to be the first collaborative 3D mind mapper!

Kay Lewis

Kaylewis22 (talk)13:56, 13 November 2008

Story Telling

I would like to facilitate a mini conference on Storytelling

I would like to invite others to join. Please add your name to the list of story tellers on the following page:

Storytelling Mini Conference

Nelliemuller (talk)00:41, 2 October 2008