Here’s my plan for what I want to learn and explore in answer to Sarah’s questions.
1. I want to learn to facilitate a community of people working both asynchronously and synchronously over a fixed time period of time to co-create a common document that is a record of their work together including the invitation, group purpose, a project plan and learning reflections.
2. I am doing now in terms of online facilitation – skype calls to colleagues around Australia and the world to collaborate on group projects – using iMEET! http://imeet.com.au, Google docs, Ning and email for asynchronous communication.
I also design and facilitate 12 week leadership development action learning programs that combine powerful relationship and trust building face-to-face workshops with action learning in the workplace supported by online modules via iMEET! http://globallearning.com.au
3. I would like to achieve, change or do more of – creating simple to use wikis where timid people could easily replace their email contributions into co-creating ideas together in one space to generate a strong meaningful project plan together. This is not just a tool issue but an issue of designing a good invitation, structure, process and conversation container. I would like to be able to easily set up and publish a website where people can simply enrol in small group time bounded projects and report back their learning insights to the broader community.
4. What I need to do or make happen to achieve my goal is become more intimately familiar with the best range of online tools and processes for engaging people without making them feel burdened. Making invitations and instructions clear, simple and compelling. Making contributing easy and richly rewarding by seeing how others value your contributions even though they may not make it through to the final document/artifact.