Introduction> idea: experimenting towards potential solutions through social architecture
This week we will blend the “insight i” with the third i, the i for idea; the experimenting towards potential solutions. Last week we began to make distinctions between ways individuals can participate alone and with others online. This week we’ll dive into a “closer to the ground” practices group size and its impact on open and innovative design. Our main question for the week is “What size group is most useful for the different aspects of open and innovative design and why?” We will then weave in some secondary questions and observations about time, cultural diversity, and interdependencies between group members, and then begin applying these ideas to our projects.
Web Discussion #3
You’ve heard the aphorisms. “One is the loneliest number.” “Three’s a crowd.” “The more the merrier!” This week our discussion will focus around some of the variables in online social groupings, starting with size. Think about past experiences: when has it been easy to brainstorm and find ideas? Work on interdependent tasks? Think and discuss deeply? Toss around ideas casually? How big was the group? What was the context (online, offline, synchronous, asynchronous, culturally homogeneous or diverse? Was it slow or fast? Tell us a story and then lets look at the implications for using online groups for open, innovative design and in the context of your project groups.
Team Activity #3
Using the two groups you identified last week in the area of your research, consider and post your team’s reflections on:
- How are they using group size effectively or not? How are they using cultural diversity effectively or not? What is the evidence of interaction over time and how is that related to the success of their endeavors?
- Share your team’s thoughts and tag appropriately.
- Tip: Don’t forget you have access to 3-4 hours of “office hours” F2F where you can work together and share your ideas w/ your instructors and tutors (online and offline!)
Personal Blog Reflection Prompt #3
You are in week three of your group work. What is working well for you in your group? What is challenging you? What is one thing you might do differently in the coming weeks to improve your experience and the group’s work? Don’t forget to tag your post appropriately.