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CETIS: Saba donates free SCORM testing tool to community

CETIS: Saba donates free SCORM testing tool to community
"Actually, the SCORM Detective tool is, like many learning objects, an SCO. But it's one with a difference: it can be used to test the overall SCORM conformance of a particular VLE, but also to see what a wonky or special SCO will do in such a VLE. And it still is a very good learning object in its own right: it shows you in graphic detail how the SCORM APIs work with the SCORM data model in real time in an actual VLE."

Joel on Software: Building Communities with Software

Joel on Software: Building Communities with Software
"In software, as in architecture, design decisions are just as important to the type of community that develops or fails to develop. When you make something easy, people do it more often. When you make something hard, people do it less often. In this way you can gently encourage people to behave in certain ways which determine the character and quality of the community. Will it feel friendly? Is there thick conversation, a European salon full of intellectuals with interesting ideas? Or is the place deserted, with a few dirty advertising leaflets lying around on the floor that nobody has bothered to pick up?"

Journal of Distance Education: Insights into the Nature of Online Community

Journal of Distance Education: Insights into the Nature of Online Community
"The reciprocal relationship between participation in online learning activities and the evolution of community centered the online course. Which came first? I suggest that participation in online learning activities exists before community, that it contributes to community, that it is the vehicle for maintaining community, and that it eventually becomes the measure of the health of community."

CIO: Where There’s Smoke, There’s Community

CIO: Where There's Smoke, There's Community
"David Savona, director of Cigar Aficionado Online says the forums are valuable as an informal polling device for demographic information as well as giving editors ideas about coverage in the magazine."

eLearn Magazine: Preliminary Heuristics for the Design and Evaluation of Online Communities of Pract

eLearn Magazine: Preliminary Heuristics for the Design and Evaluation of Online Communities of Practice Systems
"This article offers a set of heuristics drawn from published academic research into online communities of practice. These heuristics may be used to inform design, or they can be used as heuristics in an evaluation process."

Online Community Report: Interview with Alexis Johnson, Epinions

Online Community Report: Interview with Alexis Johnson, Epinions
"I think that our repuation system is crucial to the success of our community. Our reputation system is tied into what we call the Web of Trust... Over the last three years, members have built a reputation within the community through the quality of their reviews and their ratings. Members can add to another member's reputation by rating their reviews highly or adding the member to their personal trust list. The more highly trusted a member is the more their rating on a review counts towards the overall ranking. This ensures that the opinions of the most trusted members are more influential and the most helpful reviews are listed first for shoppers."

World Bank: Communities of Practice

World Bank: Communities of Practice
Question: What is the difference between a CoP, a network, a work team, and other types of communities?
Answer: A community of practice is different from a network in the sense that focuses on a substantive topic; it is not just a set of relationships. A CoP is different from a work team in that the shared learning and interest of its members keep it together. It is defined by knowledge rather than by an individual task, and exists because participation has value to its members. A CoP is different from other communities since its members are more likely to share a common profession or work situation...

Workforce: Building Business Value Through

Workforce: Building Business Value Through "Communities of Practice"
Researchers at IBM

O’Reilly: Building Online Communities

O'Reilly: Building Online Communities
"Even if you have graduate degrees in sociology and psychology, the dynamics of human communities will still surprise you. Be very clear about your goals and the rules. Manage your expectations about user participation and groups wisely. Allow a little chaos. Use your common sense and best judgment. If there's an audience for your conversation, you'll find a community."
- Discussion at Slashdot

Shirky: Broadcast Institutions, Community Values

Shirky: Broadcast Institutions, Community Values
If you were a broadcast media outlet thinking about community building, here are five things you would think about:
1. Audiences are built. Communities grow.
2. Communities face a tradeoff between size and focus.
3. Participation matters more than quality.
4. You may own the software, but the community owns itself.
5. The community will want to build. Help it, or at least let it.

Learning Circuits: Building Communities—Strategies for Collaborative Learning

Learning Circuits: Building Communities--Strategies for Collaborative Learning
As workgroup collaboration, knowledge management, and learning technologies and processes converge, communities increasingly will become prevalent. The challenge facing learning professionals is to link business strategy to learning strategy in ways that seamlessly incorporate community as a means of capturing the informal or tacit knowledge that exists within the organization but isn't accessible through formal training programs.

TECHNOS: Personal Media and the Human Community

TECHNOS: Personal Media and the Human Community
The obsession with video games, and with other forms of media, finds an explanation in the works of humanists. Interactivity means that the user has some control over the content. In speaking of literary work, Roland Barthes argued that the ultimate goal is to make the reader be no longer a consumer, but a producer of the content. He points out that this is exactly the opposite of classical literature, which draws a clear line between the producer of the text and its user. The idea is simple: Break down the distinction between the producer and the consumer of the media.

User Interface 7 East: Design for Community: An Interview with Derek M. Powazek

User Interface 7 East: Design for Community: An Interview with Derek M. Powazek
The biggest misconception is that community can be built at all. It can

LearnScope Community: Discussion on blogs in education

LearnScope: Discussion on using blogs for learning
Marie Jasinski of LearnScope interviewed me on using blogs for learning. Really interesting viewpoints are being raised in the ensuing discussions.

The Chronicle: Al Gore Pushes Community Development Through a Satellite Course

The Chronicle: Al Gore Pushes Community Development Through a Satellite Course
Al Gore is teaching a distance-education course on the role of families in discussions about community development. Videotapes of the two-semester course, made this past year, are available for other institutions to use.

Computer World: Putting Communities To Work

Computer World: Putting Communities To Work
InTouch is just one example of how companies are starting to use online community tools to take knowledge management beyond its traditional role associated with chat rooms, data repositories and FAQs. Although stored knowledge is still essential, these new tools also allow employees to tap into the most powerful problem-solving resource they have available: one another.

e-JIST: Research in Online Learning Community

e-JIST: Research in Online Learning Community
Online learning community has been considered as one of the most important learning concepts in technology-based instructions. Yet online learning community has not been well-defined or well-examined. The social learning process has been suggested as the fundamental factor to examine in an online learning community to ensure online participants and the community will grow and evolve in terms of their knowledge acquisition. Four basic elements and four theoretical constructs in online learning community suggest an ideal theoretical framework for future research. The purpose of this paper is to examine current literature and current research concerning online learning community, to discuss the impacts of online learning communities on human learning, and to propose a theoretical construct for future development of online learning communities.

Smart Business: The Cult of Community

Smart Business: The Cult of Community
Sell more stuff, get free R&D, and cut support costs. All you have to do is turn your customers into corporate groupies.

Design For Community: How moderation tools can backfire

Design For Community: Gaming the system: How moderation tools can backfire
I assert that any time you manufacture a reason for people to participate in a community area, you corrupt the usual altruistic motivation for participation, in turn corrupting the content itself. Instead of trading in social capital, members begin to trade in a fake currency with no real bearing on the content of the community. When that happens, you invite your members to treat the community like a game.

CIO: Knowledge Management Takes Community

CIO: Knowledge Management Takes Community Spirit
There's more than simply creating a supporting technology infrastructure for communities. It's seeing the potential in these communities, then engaging yourself, their members, and the line leadership in the strategy conversation, that allows you to have a knowledge strategy. And building a knowledge strategy is really what we are talking about.

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