elearningpost points to a "longish" paper by James Farmer. Communication dynamics: Discussion boards, weblogs and the development of communities of inquiry in online learning environments The discussion board is the ubiquitous communication tool within these OLEs and hence significantly shapes the kind of communication that takes place. In light of this, the degree to which a successful community of inquiry can be facilitated through the use of discussion boards is examined and compared to the... Continue Reading
Pete Caputa points me to a couple of interesting articles about how veteran online community members react to changes to â€œtheirâ€?? community. The story about the Blue Note Jazz Forums is a must-read. Itâ€™s fascinating to see how the members reacted to the disappearance of their posts, the influx of new Norah Jones fans and the eventual closing of the forums. But what is most fascinating to me is the reaction of the label. Was that established community that meaningless to the label? Could... Continue Reading
Recently I wrote about the differences between weblogs and message boards inside online communities. In the comments of that entry, a reader asked for more information about the best uses of the resources inside an online community. This entry is focused on the weblog as an online community management tool. Aside from participation in discussions, the community manager often needs a consistent and accessible place to have an independent voice to relate community news and information.... Continue Reading
I really like this animation. It's a snarky look at the basics of posting to a message board. I think there is a lot of power in making these mundane lessons funny and entertaining- Go watch it now: Posting and You Via: Dan Gillmor
Online Community Report Interview- Soren Kaplan Soren Kaplan is the founder of iCohere, a platform for collaborative communities. In this interview, he discusses some success stories of using online communities to support the needs of online and offline groups, many in very large organizations. The article also includes his tips on creating a great online event. Good stuff- check it out.
Joel on Software - Building Communities with Software In a time when I could be preparing for the upcoming wedding, I chose to read this and I'm glad I did. It is one community owners look at why he made the (rather unconventional) design decisions he did. His point is that: Small software implementation details result in big differences in the way the community develops, behaves, and feels. I got this link from an email subscription to Nancy White's Furl account. Not sure what to do about... Continue Reading
Joe Cothrel and Jenny Ambrozek have released a survey report that focuses on how online communities are being used in business and what we can expect in the future. It's called: Online Communities in Business: Past Progress, Future Directions Among the findings: Participation in online communities, networks, and teams is growing (82%) Technologies for online groups is continuing to improve (79%) Retention of participants is not a significant problem (63%) Despite these positive signs, some... Continue Reading
International Conference on Virtual Communities 2004- Presentation Slides I'm sure the slides won't do the presentations justice. I wish I could have been there...
I was recently pointed to the AIGA Design Forum, which I think is an interesting discussion forum design that uses a weblog-like format for what they call "Articles" and "Discussions". Notice that the basic elements of the articles and discussions are weblog-style tools, yet the site stops short of having an actual weblog or weblogs (no permalinks/trackbacks/blogroll/ etc.). It's like weblog entries and comments have taken the place of threaded discussion/message board tools. I'm still... Continue Reading
In the comments of a recent post on online community tool integration, the insightful Scott Moore said this â€œI'd also like to see trackbacking on a local level *between* discussions/blog posts connecting separate discussions.â€?? This was music to my ears as the most recent upgrade to my workspace accomplished just this- Trackback across discussions and weblogs in a single online community space. This entry describes how this works and why it could be an emerging feature of online... Continue Reading