Building Community, Building Retention

Todd Conaway

Notes are here.

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Have you ever experienced a sense of community in an online space?

I have. I found it in the ds106 community. It was an open online digital storytelling course. You can see it here.
I also have been involved in a open training course for online teachers. You can see it here.

What created it?

  • common purpose/shared goals

What tools were used?

What prevents it?

  • Time? Distance?
  • User lacking skills

How can we solve those issues?

  • synchronous tools?

What tools need to be employed?

  • Blackboard
  • Twitter
  • Email?