We already have some material to reflect on participatory virtual
1. Naturally there is no obligation to participate. If there is no
interest in the topic, the topic disappears.
2. Because participation requires an effort. Tools will never replace
these efforts. But there is apparently a tendency to jump quickly on
tools. Group studies have shown that participants start always with
the discussion about means, before objectives can be defined. Virtual
means is becoming a very important topic when looked at the number of
reactions about them.
3. Participation in what? is clearly an issue to put effort in. I
propose that the subject matter in the header of the LISTSERV mails
clarify as much as possible the topic. This is the first filter on
which I decide to contribute or no. I hope that you also use that
4. LISTSERV in its totality only is useful to launch a topic. The
discussions after this launch should only be done through sublists of
interested people. Can LISTSERV work with sublists related to topics?
If not, there is a need for a first tool, partial lists. The
combination of names and topics seems to be a key feature.
5. Browsing randomly through all the material may be an entry for
those who want to join or rejoin the discussions. Good idea of Vanilla.
6. Perhaps, as in the syntegration there is a need for some chaos
before choosing the Statements of Interest. What could be a good form
to have a virtual problem jostle? I downloaded FREEMIND and found
that it may work as a visualization of a problem jostle: names and
remarks are easily added to the central Statement of Interest. Good
idea of Enrique.
7. The proposal of Susan is tempting, but I have my doubts about what
students can achieve when trapped in a double logic: to work in time
on their credits and to be customer oriented. My experience is not so
good how that is mostly managed. And we introduce a third party,
whose participation is not free any more. Those who participate must
be able to develop their own tools in functions of what is needed.
The mails show that there is plenty of feasible ideas. Thanks Susan
for your effort.
I would like to continue what has already started and to use it again
and again to learn more about the dynamics of participation in a
All the best,
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