What are your design principles for designing and fostering online communities or networks based on your experience in this course and your project?
I think if you are in one of these online communities a great deal of patience is a virtue. The technical aspects of these sorts of communities just don’t always work. Not everyone is online at the same time because of time differences and such and let’s be honest, when is 8 in the morning at the one place, not everyone is awake yet.
Another reason that patience is a virtue is because of miscommunication between different cultures and different styles of typing. I also think that working whilst typing just takes slightly more time because you have to compose your thoughts to put them into words on ‘paper’.
Besides that I would consider my openness and willingness to discuss are essential to the success of such a community. If you don’t want to ask questions, and discuss when you get answers then you will get nowhere. I noticed this in the meeting words scenarios. I feel that I made good use of them because I took the time to sit down and write questions, read other’s questions and discuss with them. I found these meetings very educational.
I think you need to want to share as well, which I feel can be exhausting. This blogpost for example is taking me a very long time to write, because I am tired from sharing vocal thoughts all day. Although I still strongly believe that vocal and face to face communication is much more effective than that on the internet. Unless of course you are in a Google Hangout which is another thing I discovered during this course to be an effective tool in team meeting, which does require some patience because of some technical difficulties with computers and such.
In short the computer and the internet have opened thousands of doors for us. But they practice a strong door policy. Those not willing to share or without the right amount of patience, can learn from and be inspired by online communities but they will never offer the full learning experience because that can only be experienced by those are willing to fully participate and give a part of themselves.