Tag Archives: Formal Spaces

Speaking with many voices. Is one Twitter account enough?

I’ve been having a dilemma about Twitter. You see, of all the channels, it’s proving surprisingly popular, and i seem to be gathering followers apace. This is all well and good, but i don’t really have a very clear tone … Continue reading

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The Idle Social Network. Why does communication need to be about anything?

I was floored the other day by the question “why should i engage in a social network?”. On the one hand, i had so many answers that i didn’t know where to start, but on the other, i had no … Continue reading

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Can you actually build an effective online community? Looking beyond the technology to create true learning environments.

I thought i’d start today with a question that i can’t answer. There are two aspects to this question; what do we mean by ‘community’ and what do we mean by ‘effective’. It’s like when you run a race, you … Continue reading

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Virtual Reality. Is there still a difference between the virtual and real experience in learning any more?

There was a time when ‘virtual reality’ sounded exciting, when it contained the promise of spaces where we could leave our physical bodies behind and interact in other worlds in other ways. We dreamt of a time when we could … Continue reading

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Exploring the Twittersphere. The convergence of formal and informal spaces at the Learning Technology Conference.

Some of the most interesting conversations i had at the Learning Technology Conference this week were around social media and, in particular, formal and informal networks. I found the conference to be a particularly useful example of these networks, and … Continue reading

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Who owns you? Identity and Ownership in social networks

Informal Spaces are places that we choose to inhabit, to join other like minded people in a shared and communally owned place. Be it for contacting friends, finding knitting patterns or playing Warhammer, our motivation to be there may be … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide – Trust and Honour in the convergence of formal and informal social networks

This week, i’ve been working with a global organisation on the development of an online Mentoring space. Mentoring is an interesting topic, falling somewhere between a formal business activity and a highly informal personal development one. By it’s nature, it … Continue reading

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