• Fall 2007 class notes
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Day 1 (Sept. 19,2007)

5:30 - 7

  • Introductions: Name, program, 2 minute life story
  • Jim introduce course
    • Theme of knowledge communities
    • Interactions between the knowledge focus of a community, the media employed by that community, and the identity and practices of the community. Existentialism, activity theory - what we do defines who we are.
    • Challenge: We must become a knowledge community in this course: Rich discussions, real feedback, collaborations, generative ideas, food
    • Brief course format (themes, leading each week).
  • Icebreaker ideas
    • Go around the room and talk about one knowledge community you've been involved in, and what media might be used in that community, or reflections about how it could work

7 pm - 7:30 break

7:30 - 8:30

  • bring up the list of knowledge media - walk through it, solicit quick additions
  • then divide into 3 or 4 groups, have them focus on whatever draws their collective attention, and make edits and additions.

_ Next Week's Activity

Day 2 (Sept. 26)

By the end of the day, need to:

  • have a good mood about the course
  • have a sense of which theme we might like to work on.
  • Experience being a wiki community
  • Talk about wiki

1. Talk about wiki
A. Ask about the fundamental functional aspects of wiki (what makes it distinct?)

  • access on demand
  • 12 people autoring in parallel is better than 12 people authoring in serial
  • related to previous: learning from others as we are authoring

B. Ask about the defining characteristics of wiki-based communities - what characterizes them?

  • ego-less, timeless, never-finished
  • often emergent organization and mechanism (people setting up the wiki get to say how its going to go.)

2. Wiki editing activity (groups of 2 or 3- we hope!)

  • focus on knowledge communities that go along with the categories of media that we populated.
  • blogging community, the podcasting, etc
  • Are you drawn to any particular category?
  • Specialize in a category, add to the wiki:

What are the kinds of "knowledge communities" that predominantly use these media?

  • What are their purposes, goals, or identities?
  • Some examples? Links, etc

What are the kinds of purposes for the knowledge media, within these communities?

  • What are common practices?

Next, we circulate around the oter categories, adding comments, asking questions, etc
Do 1 or 2 others

  • to the break? -

Focus on the knowledge themes and Marlene's paper about knowledge communities

3. Discuss the 12 determinants

4. Choose a course theme

  • which categories of knowledge media are most relevant to this theme? Put links
  • discuss the relevance of the 12 determinants of knowledge building for this theme
  • make a small wiki page that links off (Jim gives wiki codes)
  • can go review each others' pages
  • discuss the determinants

5. talk about the themes that are interesting to us.

  • should we add themes?
  • what's missing from the existing themes?
  • can people find themse that fit their interests?

6. hope to find one pair who will volunteer for next week. meet with Jim on Monday. work online

The actual 2nd class:

In the first half of the class we had a discussion about what makes wiki special.

  • wiki is a user friendly environment. Not very complicated.
  • increases self esteem by allowing everyone to contribute
  • is democratic
  • people may be hesitant to make changes to a structured wiki
    Several questions popped up too:
  • What do we mean by "knowledge"? What constitute knowledge?
    *What about the accessibility issues? How can sightless users read and contribute to it?
    *Why people make changes to a wiki page?

Day 3: OCT3
Jess and Naomi will lead the discussion on social tagging

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