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Virtual Tours of Online Communities as Learning Journeys
Nancy White Full Circle Associates 2013/01/08

Way back in the early days of the web, there was this thing called a 'web tour'. It stemmed from the idea that while a website would typically be an ordered liust of pages, a 'tour' could offer readers an alternative route through the pages or a subset of the pages. Later, the idea if a 'web tour' migrated to synchronous online sessions, where a session leader might lead participants through a series of sites. Today we can think of a 'tour' as any presentation of a series of web sites, pages or resources. So, through the mechanism of a 'tour', we might conduct a 'virtual tour' of a city, by viewing graphics, videos or animations, or equally, a tour of some subject, like bagels of Scientology. In this post, Nancy White sets up the concept of a virtual tour of online communities, setting up the planning and conduct of the tour. See also the (much more substantial) follow-up post, vitural tours of online communities as learning journeys.

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Communities in Classrooms at UBATIC+
Nancy White Full Circle Associates 2012/11/07

Nancy White's contribution to the online conference UBATIC+, now under way in Argentina. I've also posted a contribution to the conference. You need to sign in to get to the conference discussion forum, but there's an open discussion on Twitter.

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More on #BonkOpen and other MOOC-iness
Nancy White Full Circle Associates 2012/05/07

The edublogosphere has fairly erupted with commentary about MOOCs and their ilk following recent groundhaking events. It's more than one person can follow, it seems. But here's a post from Nancy White with links to a number of relevant recent posts. Authors include Lisa Lane, James Moore, Bonnie Stewart, Ignatia and many more.

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Digital Habitats Editable version of Chapter 10 – Action Notebook
Nancy White Full Circle Associates 2012/01/03

Nancy White writes, "John Smith likes to work on his vacation, it seems. ;-) Thanks to him, we now have an editable version of Chapter 10 of Digital Habitats… which in essence is a collection of all the worksheets from the book. I’ll let him explain! This is from the book blog." This of course is the sort of thing everybody should be able to do with every textbook. Today: Total:1250 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Tips for Facilitating a Week in Change11 MOOC
Nancy While Full Circle Associates 2011/12/23

We had Nancy White as a guest presenter in #Change11 this fall and she did a wonderful job, introducing us to concepts like 'social artistry'. This post is a pretty good look at the task of presenting from the other side. It's interesting to see how the course and the work were perceived by somebody dropping in for a week. She writes, "I followed the links and left comments on as many blogs that I found relating to my week. That took a bit of time, but the feedback was that this was really meaningful to people — particularly since we talked a lot about connection in week 8." One thing I regret about this course is not being able to do as much of that follow-up myself as I would like. Today: Total:1524 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Valerie’s Amazing Thinking About Social Artists
Nancy White Full Circle Associates 2011/12/15

Nancy White writes, "As a followup from my week facilitating Change11, the amazing Valerie blew my mind with her video summary and synthesis of the week. No, it was much more than that. WOW. Take a look if you are interested in this idea of the social artist. Valerie, you ROCK!" Hard to say more than that. Today: Total:768 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Reflecting on #socialartists and #change11
Nancy White Full Circle Associates 2011/11/09

You won't want to miss this retrospective post from last week's guest, Nancy White. The post is a rich tapestry of links to blog comments, background readings and discussion of last week's themes. She reflects first on the process of participating in the #Change11 course, and then expands on the idea of "social artistry" that caught out collective imagination during her week. She traces the concept back to its origins in the work of Etienne Wenger and quotes on the topic at length from David Wilcox. She also draws out the closely associated concept of habitus, drawing from Vanessa Vaile, who said, "I see strong traces of habitus in Digital Habitats." According to Wikipedia, habitus is "the set of socially learnt dispositions, skills and ways of acting, that are often taken for granted, and which are acquired through the activities and experiences of everyday life." But if you really want more, you'll want to see Bourdieu's The Logic of Practice. See also this post on setting norms. Today: Total:2130 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Preparing for my MOOC Contribution
Nancy White Full Circle Associates 2011/09/02

Nancy White prepares for her Change 2011 MOOC presentation. "I realized," she writes, "I’m not so interested in focusing this week on reading, but on reflection and conversation about the everyday practices that support learning across boundaries. So now I have to think about what sorts of activities would support this. It also makes me wonder if this topic is either too thin, or too broad." The Change MOOC now has more than 1100 registrations and counting as the September 12 start date approaches. If you are writing about it, the tag is #change11 and we'll be aggregating content starting in a week or so. Today: Total:2455 [Comment] [Direct Link]

7 Minute Segments & Experts
Nancy White Full Circle Associates 2011/06/30

Nancy White links to a Fast Company article called Training Secrets From Inside The Googleplex. I'm not sure there's anything to show that Google does training better than anyone else, but everyone's curious about how Google does things... A moderator interviews a product manager about a particular new feature, as sales agents across the country, and around the world, listen in." But also, "Google breaks the information into bite-sized chunks lasting no more than seven minutes each, so agents can download and peruse them at their desks, on their commutes, even on their cell phones... And quizzes following each training make sure the agents are absorbing the new information." The interview format, I think, makes the audio a lot nicer to listen to than a single 'expert voice' would be. Today: Total:868 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Carl Jackson on Supporting Online Communities in International Development
Nancy White Full Circle Associates 2011/06/03

As online communities become increasingly core to how we work (especially with people outside our own organizations) the role of facilitating these communities becomes more important. This link is to a summary of a video of Carl Jackson of Westhill Knowledge Group addressing some key lessons from his experience. "People are looking for more increasing awareness of the landscape, who the actors are, events are, values and languages. For that kind of orientation, open discussions are still really valuable." Today: Total:1076 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Responding to Negative Comments Online
Nancy White Full Circle Associates 2011/05/06

Good infographic on different ways of responding to negative comments, with alternatives both for desired outcomes and worst case scenarios. Today: Total:1182 [Comment] [Direct Link]

What do we mean by engagement online?
Nancy White Full Circle Associates

I'm not sure we need to define "full engagement" but it is helpful to have a discussion of what we mean by the concept. "It ranges from active participation in a group activity, to the subtle and often invisible internal engagement of listening, thinking, or taking and using what one hears from a group and applying it within or outside of that group. One one end you have very visible ways to observe and measure engagement. At the other end you rarely even know it exists." Today: Total:1023 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Social Media I Use
Nancy White Full Circle Associates

Nancy White lists the social media she uses and what she uses them for. "I have accounts on scores of social media sites - more that are forgotten than are used. So I want to focus on the tools I use regularly, the tools that make a difference in my work." Today: Total:1424 [Comment] [Direct Link]

How I use social media
Nancy White Full Circle Associates


More goodness from Nancy White, who is probably one of the most adept users of social media out there. "When the door to connection is open, watch who walks through and follow them, not those who stand at the doorway and naysay! And I'm not just talking about social media early adopters. I'm talking about people passionate about getting something done." That shouldn't (I would say) be taken as an endorsement of a non-critical stance. But if someone naysays, they ought to at least have ventured into the technology (and its community) to have some grounds for their criticism. Today: Total:1662 [Comment] [Direct Link]

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