Certainly, one type of collaborative activity that we will need in edLab is something akin to a charette, a rapid design process that evolved among French architecture students in the nineteenth century.
This type of activity seems like a great technique for understanding the requirements of a project by listening carefully to a client/sponsor and then confirming what is heard through a rapid design/prototyping process.
As we develop the edLab environment and culture, I think that we will need at least two types of meetings (and perhaps many more). One type will need to be completely open to virtually anyone in the library or the college. This meeting may also serve as a venue to which we might invite special guests with particular kinds of expertise. I see this meeting as the site for the following:
a) General planning
b) Reporting in on activities
c) Developing an intellectual agenda for the lab
d) Scheduling events and projects
e) Scheduling other meetings such as design events
f) Introducing ot...
We need to begin a discussion of the features that might be included in our next generation meeting scheduling/collaboration tool. Beyond just scheduling rooms in Russell Hall we should offer tools to help patrons hold more effective meetings. This will be an important entry-level intro service of our Collaborative Solutions Group.
Here is a brief feature on meetings from CNET to spark some discussion.
Here are some things that might be included in our meeting tool:
1) Schedule a room
2) Order AV/Computer Equipment Setup
Ideas to borrow from this site http://www.phinished.org/ for SocialScholar? Lin
Someone I know is in the process of becoming a certified NYC teacher and he was required to take two online workshops (The links are http://www.childabuseworkshop.com and http://www.violenceworkshop.com).
I haven't logged in to see the content, but from what my friend described, it is nothing special. I wonder if it make sense for TC/the Library to get into this market. Perhaps the first set of course modules we build could be around these topics.
Lin did a presentation for 15 faculty members at Seton Hall a few weeks ago titled, "Building Online Community Through Dialog." I think it has some interesting implications for any type of Social Scholar software we might build. For instance, how can we rethink the current array of online dialogue tools to better support the type of networked communication we are envisioning for Social Scholar?
The PowerPoint slides also included some helpful strategies for facilitating online discussion boards. Is this something we should offer to TC faculty/instructors in the form of a workshop or online...
Anthony and Hui Soo have made some progess in recent days in making some necessary chnages to the Library's home page. I would like to use this forum to solicit suggestions as to how we might undertake a larger, more comprehensive re-design.
Last night I had a chance to speak with some TC students and their reaction to the librray site was that the current design made it was difficult to find the catlogs and databases. It also seemed that they did not understand our reasoning behind the "Content Collections". They also had concerns about who was involved in picking content for the collec...