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Online Discussion, Learning & Facilitation

Here are the 11 resources from Online Discussion, Learning & Facilitation.

AOL Instant Messenger

A free instant messaging service from AOL. The AIM Express service allows you to use AOL Instant Messenger from any computer with Internet Access.

Resource Link: http://www.aim.com

CivicEvolution

CivicEvolution is a new technology that helps people develop public policy through a goal-oriented process of online deliberation.

Resource Link: http://civicevolution.org

CommunityZero

CommunityZero is an interactive website that allows a group of people to communicate and exchange information over the Internet in their own private and secure area. Within each area, called an online community, participants are provided access to a suite of powerful tools that enable a group to effectively get organized, share knowledge and communicate.

Resource Link: http://www.communityzero.com

Dialogue as Pedagogy: Deliberative Learning with Democracy Lab in High School and College Classes Recently Updated

James T Knauer, PhD and Paul Alexander, PhD.

This 10-page document was distributed during Jim Knauer and Paul Alexander's workshop of the same name at the 2006 NCDD Conference in San Francisco. Deliberative dialogue can be used across the curriculum to integrate civic education without sacrificing disciplinary content or traditional learning objectives. The document not only outlines Democracy Lab (an online deliberation program for college students) and where it is headed, it also outlines existing research on dialogic pedagogy, describes William Perry's Scheme of Intellectual and Ethical Development, and explores the relationship between deliberative dialogue and learning.

Resource Link: http://www.thataway.org/exchange/files/docs/Dialogic_Pedagogy_Handout.doc

Evolution of Evaluations for Critical, Reflective and Deliberative Discourse: National Issues Forums On-line

M.E. Holt, F Rees, J.D. Swenson and P.B. Kleiber. National Issues Forums Project, Department of Adult Education, The University of Georgia (UGA) College of Education.

This 17-page report is an evaluation of online deliberation. It asks such questions as "How can online deliberation be assessed?", "Can deliberation occur online?", and "Can the deliberative process be learned through participation in an electronic forum?"

Resource Link: http://www.thataway.org/exchange/files/docs/Evol_of_Eval.doc

FacilitatePro

FacilitatePro turns your web browser into a collaborative meeting place that facilitates group problem solving and decision making. FacilitatePro web meeting software helps facilitators and team leaders run high performance meetings by delivering tools and techniques to support innovative thinking and decision making. FacilitatePro provides online tools for surveys, brainstorming, categorizing, prioritizing, custom voting and polling, alternative analysis, action planning and reporting. Explore their live software demo site or call for a hands-on guided tour.

Resource Link: http://www.Facilitate.com

Full Circle Associates Highly Recommended

The consulting practice of Nancy White and a network of independent professionals, Full Circle Associates provides strategic communication, online community development, facilitation, marketing, and project management services for the community, non-profit and business sectors. Full Circle focuses on online and offline strategies with a passionate interest in online community and collaboration, and provides training in online facilitation and distance collaboration.

Resource Link: http://www.fullcirc.com

GroupJazz

GroupJazz supports the work of groups whether they are meeting face to face or online. Founder Lisa Kimball believes that 'great groups make great things happen' and utilizes the word Jazz as a metaphor for collaboration.

Resource Link: http://www.groupjazz.com

Synanim new

Synanim is a dynamical learning and leadership development system available on demand via the internet. Users interact within small groups dynamically, responding to group ideas and choices as they emerge in real time. Synanim solutions may be designed for learning, leadership development, and opinion research. Regardless of emphasis, participants consistently find the Synanim experience rewarding and fun. The process motivates deep learning and commitment by challenging individual communication skill, initiative, and empathy. Synanim has engaged as many as over 13,000 people for a single, team-building and leadership development event. It can cost-effectively serve any group size, from dozens to millions.

Resource Link: http://synanim.com

Web Lab's Small Group Dialogue Process Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

Web Lab's Small Group Dialogue (SGD) Process is a more perfect discussion tool built to foster intimate, high-quality online exchanges. By limiting group size and lifespan, Small Group Dialogue emphasizes each member's value, encouraging a sense of belonging and an investment in frequent visits. The result is a structured experience requiring minimal intervention, and an astonishing signal-to-noise ratio unmatched in any conventional online dialogue model.

Resource Link: http://www.weblab.org

Why Don't Face-to-Face Teaching Strategies Work In the Virtual Classroom? How to Avoid the "Question Mill"

Sarah Haavind. The Concord Consortium, 2000.

It's easy to say that leading a course online is different from leading a face-to-face class. It's harder to explain exactly what's different and how to make the shift in order to meet tried-and-true instructional goals. One can fail miserably applying the typical approach to the virtual classroom. As more experience with online teaching accumulates, effective, alternative strategies that meet the intended goals are emerging. Here are a couple of strategies applied to two classical instructional goals: getting a discussion going and summarizing an activity.

Resource Link: http://www.concord.org/publications/newsletter/2000fall/face2face.html

? 2003-2007 National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation.
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