Hi Shelly, I reckon Nancy's post might explain a lot of the sudden popularity of this course (Thanks Nancy :)
Shelly, I trust you will use your blog to journal this course? http://www.shourstonandassociates.com/blog/ That's a nice website you having rolling there.
I'm glad we have someone with experience in Etienne Wenger's thinking, as well as Nancy's work. These two are pretty much the foundation of our question over weeks 2 and 3, What is an online community. So I hope you will help us with that.
I cannot resist. I have tried, but the force is strong. I'll be on the road for 2.5 weeks of this workshop, so I'll be more a lurker than anything else, but hey, who can resist and facilitator's party?
My blog/site is http://www.fullcirc.com
Currently finishing up a book w/ Etienne Wenger and John Smith on Stewarding Technologies for Communities of Practice - and that means technology and social practices! ;-)
I'm addicted to figuring out how we make the most of this magical and often overwhelming "online world!"
(Plus for those of you in NZ, I arrive there on August 8 - 23rd! )