Promoting discussion in FutureLearn MOOCs

Jenny Connected

Phil is interested in the problems of sustaining discussion in online forums and the role of the FutureLearn platform in this; FutureLearn claims to be a social learning platform. Higher Education Research discussion forums FutureLearn MOOC online interaction

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Collaborative Discussions

Michael Sampson - Currents

We have frequent occasions during our work and life to discuss ideas, options, and decision possibilities – plus implications and ramifications – with individuals and groups. Having a discussion is one of the fundamental patterns of human interaction that can be approached collaboratively … or not. I have been reflecting on what “taking a collaborative approach” means in the context of discussions; here are five ideas: 1.

Assessment of discussion forum posts in ModPo

Jenny Connected

Because, I realize that it has fallen into the trap of believing that requiring posts to a discussion forum can in some way measure the success of learning. On checking I see that it does say this on the Announcements page in the very first post ‘a thought on plagiarism’ , but I failed to notice it until it was mentioned in the audio discussion between Al Filreis and Julia Bloch that was posted today. It is not as if ModPo is short of discussion in the forums.

Helping a Group Resolve a Problematic Discussion

Michael Sampson - Currents

While I was enjoying a quiet dinner ahead of the week, a group of 8-10 people behind me were engaged in a heated discussion. There were two people in particular who dominated the discussion, and basically threw the same lines back and forth at each other.

2015 116

#fslt12 MOOC – Week zero – discussion has started

Jenny Connected

The discussions in the FSLT Moodle site are beginning to get going and quite a few people are already blogging or setting up their blogs. We have set up an Arrivals Lounge where people can introduce themselves.

The beauty of endless distractions in discussion forums

Jenny Connected

I have tried to capture some of the ideas from two of the forums to illustrate how wide ranging the discussion is. Discussion is so intense and fast moving that inevitably I will have missed some. The following ideas have been mentioned and/or discussed: Dancing as an example of human synergy and cooperation, with particular reference to Chicago Step and Swing. So in this forum there has been limited discussion about cooperation in biology.

The Selfish Blogger – A discussion :-)

Jenny Connected

Its ironic that having said that I don’t see blogs as a discussion tool…. “I I don’t see blogs as a discussion tool, for the average person like me. They might be a discussion tool for people like Tony Bates, Stephen Downes, George Siemens and others who have a well-recognized reputation and likely a lot of hits and comments on their blogs. But for people like me, my blog is not a discussion venue.”. On reflection I find blogging just a bit too distant for discussion.

#fslt12 MOOC – Week zero – discussion has started

Jenny Connected

The discussions in the FSLT Moodle site are beginning to get going and quite a few people are already blogging or setting up their blogs. We have set up an Arrivals Lounge where people can introduce themselves.

Dilbert discusses web2.0 or web1.0

Joitske Hulsebosch

And the eternal discussion about: is this a community of practice or not (or a learning community). Via Miles to go a cartoon from Dilbert (it was actually placed in the Intermediair magazine in Dutch). It's actually more about diverting attention in organizations.

Humor: Swine Flu Discussions on Twitter

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Traditional media will make fun of this intense discussion but remember, it’s human nature to talk about something that is newsworthy - so mainstream media should be offering tools to do that better, not dissing it, right? Politically incorrect. but funny! From

Clipsi - Clip Content, Organize Into Themes, Discuss and Collaborate

Michael Sampson - Currents

Clipsi is a soon-to-be-released social collaboration tool that enables people to share content snippets in a central location, and discuss / collaborate around them. Snippets can be organized into themes. Snippets retain their linkage back to the source web page or file. The video above gives some more details. Clipsi is in limited beta. You can sign up to request access to the beta. Collaboration Software

2013 89

Collaboration on the Intranet: Discussions in Sydney?

Michael Sampson - Currents

If you are up for a discussion, please get in contact. I am in Sydney next week, for two events: - on Wednesday, I'm running a Masterclass in SharePoint Collaboration and Governance. - on Thursday, I'm speaking at the Janders Dean Law Firm Knowledge Management Conference. On Friday, I'm hoping to talk with some firms in Sydney about integrating collaboration on their Intranets. In other words, how are you doing it? What is working well? What roadblocks are you coming up against?

Advising: Statements to facilitate discussions

Joitske Hulsebosch

Yesterday we had a CPsquare session with Robert Tollen who facilitates an online discussion group about Myeloproliferative diseases. The lesson that I took from the discussions, is that as a facilitator you have your own beliefs too, and you have to be aware of your own biases, so that it doesn't limit the conversations. The second step was to ask a person who agrees to voice his/her ideas and the same for a person who disagrees, after which a discussion follows.

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Online Discussion Forums, Explained by Common Craft

Managing Communities

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2014 56

How to discuss a bowl of spaghetti?

Net-Map Toolbox

In an email exchange Roberta Amaral , who is preparing a Portuguese version of the Net-Map manual, asked: “How do you discuss a messy map at the end of an interview?&#. You have been there during the interview so your are not just working with the spaghetti (the messy drawn network) but you can use the discussion that led to this drawing to guide you towards an understanding of the most important points.

Much discussion about networking local government – now how about the rest of civil society?

Social Reporter

There has been extensive tweeting and blogging, and the Knowledge Hub team of online managers and facilitators have again shown the value of their role by summarising discussion so far on the value of the hub, how it makes a difference, the risks of closing, and importance for local government of enabling collaboration online. There is now a discussion group on the hub about it’s future. I’ve captured some of last week’s Twitter discussion in a Storify here.

2013 116

Tips for Online Forum Discussion Summaries

e-Moderation Station

How you can see learning take place before your very eyes in forum discussions… and so on. We all know that providing summaries of often complex and lengthy forum discussions on an online academic course is a Good Thing. a good forum discussion summary is a resource in itself.

Personal Kanban Discussed on the Business 901 Podcast

Evolving Web

In late March, I had the good fortune to be on Joe Dager's Business 901 Podcast. The topic, of course, was Personal Kanban. Joe edited the conversation into two parts which can be found below: Part 1 Powered by Part 2 Powered by In late March, I had the good fortune to be on Joe Dager's Business 901 Podcast. The topic, of course, was Personal Kanban. Joe edited the conversation into two parts which can be found below: Part 1 Powered by

Google Enhances the Discussion Capabilities in Google Docs - I Like It

Michael Sampson - Currents

Google announced a new approach to providing discussion capabilities inline to a document in its Google Docs service: " The discussion about a document is as important as the document itself, but until now, there hasn’t been a great medium for this discussion to happen.

Librarian discussion “more popular than swine”. On Twitter, anyway.

Social Reporter

Brian reports how the CILIP Council organised an open meeting to discuss Web 2.0, At one point the CILIP topic was apparently more widely discussed than swine flu. Brian Kelly has an interesting follow-up on the story that I wrote about here and here of how Bob McKee, CEO of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) upset a lot of his members deriding the role of Twitter … then drew some thoughful lessons on social media and professionalism.

Consumers Increasing Their Use of Social Media To Discuss Brands

Portals and KM

Tealeaf provides online customer experience management   (CEM). Their CEM solutions include both a customer behavior analysis suite and customer service optimization suite. I have written about them before (see: Understanding Your Online Customer's Moves with TeaLeaf ). They also sponsor an annual Online Consumer Survey. Here is my post on last year ' s survey ( Online Customer Experience - What is Going On? ) The 2009 survey has some interesting results.

Discussing Post-Agile on Yi-Tan on Monday Feb 16th

Evolving Web

With agile practitioners Jim Benson and Bill Anderson , let's discuss: What does agile mean? Monday February 16th at 10:30PST (1:30 EST) I will be doing my second talking-head stint on the Yi-Tan conference call. This time with my good buddy Bill Anderson. We’ll be talking about Agile methodologies and what might come next. Corey Ladas will also be joining me on the line. All are welcome.

I want to facilitate online discussions but how do I choose the right platform?

Joitske Hulsebosch

A discussion forum functionality is key for this purpose, other things are nice to have but often blur the decision about the forum to choose. Often there are good functionality including announcing events, hold discussions and news announce.

To discuss or create

I collaborate, e-collaborate, we collaborate

Real discussions are still mostly held face-to-face, because people are close by. In that way a real open discussion is very difficult or even impossible because formality “kills” open discussions.

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Auckland on April 19 - A Discussion on Collaboration Strategy, Governance, and User Adoption?

Michael Sampson - Currents

I'm heading to Auckland for a client workshop in a couple of weeks, and have some meeting times available on Tuesday April 19. My interests are in three main areas: - Developing a strategy for collaboration approaches and tools at work. Creating an approach to governing collaboration at work. Adoption of collaboration approaches and tools at work. If these topics are of interest to you given the work you are doing at your organisation, please get in contact to schedule a time to talk.

2011 89

Upgrading Discussion « Lisa’s (Online) Teaching Blog


"My problem was that discussion seemed text-heavy and overly directed. We call it discussion, but of course everyone is typing. Sometimes discussions got very lively, with (civil) disagreements and connections to modern events. Discussion just wasn’t broad enough, visual enough, connective enough, exciting enough, for me. " Tags: discussion forums howto online_facilitation A number of students were writing when writing didn’t seem to be their thing.

Forrester Discusses Barriers to Intranet Use and Suggestions to Get Better

Portals and KM

Forrester recently released a report on What’s Holding Back Your Intranet? by Tim Waters with Matthew Brown and Sara Burnes. They were kind to share a copy with me. They found that 93% of employee respondents said they use an intranet or company portal (Forrester uses the terms interchangeably) at least weekly, and more than half reported daily use. However, they found that these intranets were mostly accessed for basic functions such as company directory, benefits information, and payroll.

Ask Idealware: Solutions for Tagging and Archiving a Discussion List | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Jun 03 2008 Ask Idealware: Solutions for Tagging and Archiving a Discussion List Published by Nancy White at 12:54 pm under social media , technology stewardship Laura Quinn asked me to contribute an answer towards Idealware’s Ask Idealware.

A Discussion on The Art of Hosting and the Group Works Deck

How to Save the World

R ecently, Janaia Donaldson and Robin Mallgren of Peak Moment TV , an online ‘channel’ of insightful video interviews with leading progressive, permaculture and post-collapse thinkers, interviewed me for the third time.

2014 46

Your Online Community Can Have a Respectful Discussion About Miley Cyrus

Managing Communities

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2013 50

Five Recently Active, Interesting Discussions From

Managing Communities

I thought that I would highlight five recently active, interesting discussions that [.]. (i.e. the big logo on the top right portion of this page) is a community for people who run communities, but also moderators and users of communities, in general. Anyone interested in online community. But, the focus is certainly on the management aspect.

Announcing “Community Secret Sauce”: a Panel Discussion 1/31 in SF

Online Community Strategy

Join me next Wednesday, January 31st, in San Francisco for the “Community Secret Sauce” panel discussion. The first part of the discussion will be panel-based, then we will shift gears and solicit the best secret sauce ingredients from the participants in the session. The event is part of the #OCTribe meetup series that Susan Tenby hosts, and these events are always a fun and informative time.

The Ongoing Discussion Around Community and Social Media Compensation

Online Community Report

I've worked in a variety of industries in various marketing related roles, including: hardware, community, real estate, software, and now back to community and social media. I must admit, community and social media practitioners may well be the most passionate people I've ever worked with.

Discussing big society without using the words 'big society'


A couple of days ago someone posted this note on the East Dulwich Forum (a very popular local site which covers an area in south London): sweep your own leaves, clean your own ice and snow: saving the council money balancing the budget. Posted by ataubin November 14, 04:48PM. At the Community Council Meeting on 10 November at St Faith's we were told Southwark has to cut 80 million from its budget. But where?

ToonDoo - The Cartoon Strip Creator - Create, Publish, Share, Discuss!


Need a visual tool? You can make your own cartoons with this tool - without having to know how to draw.

Discussions Are Not Warfare; Forums Are Not a Battlefield

Managing Communities

photo credit: Rob Shenk I was talking to a member the other day, in what was a very serious conversation about that member’s future on the site. Part of that conversation was an attempt on my part to get the member to refocus on what the community is about and not to get out of [.].

Project X Discussions: Collaboration is not Communication

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

Lewis: The Power of Productivity : Wealth, Poverty, and the Threat to Global Stability A Book we are currently discussing in the Senge Circle.

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Using video for learning and discussion


Shawn Callahan at Anecdote in Learning from experience using video : Video is finally making it into the mainstream for organisations to see and hear, almost first hand, the experiences of their colleagues. The availability of reasonably priced video capture and editing solutions are now available. It is simple for someone to pick up a video recorder, film a colleague, download the video to a computer and make the clip available for anyone to view.

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Comparing Twitter Discussion Results with Blogs, Radio & Newspaper


This Wednesday I'll be a guest presenter in a two-hour Twitter-based discussion of environmental issues and social entrepreneurship. You can watch or participate in the Twitter discussion , Wednesday June 3, 4pm-6pm EST. This might be a decent case study for anyone without much experience in these venues who is thinking of using Twitter to focus attention around a policy issue. I wonder if this Twitter discussion will get picked up or elaborated by bloggers or others.

An In-Depth Discussion of Social Media and Online Networking Aired on Commercial Radio

Online Social Networking

During the hour-long radio show , Rohn and I discussed social media , online social networking and the most popular social networking sites from social, cultural, political, security and privacy perspectives. I spoke on December 9 with Rohn Robbins , Vail, Colorado attorney and the host of Community Focus on The Zephyr, True Local Radio, KZYR 97.7FM.