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Reminder – SOURCE your images, LINK your references

Source Your Visuals

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Just a quick note. As I read across blogs some of you are very creatively incorporating visuals. (Interestingly, some of you are using the same visual. Be creative — look for new ones!)

I strongly suggest you link to your sources and give them attribution. In some cases, you are using copyrighted material without attribution which is not good academic practice, potentially a copyright violation and generally not very nice as a human being behavior. People like credit for their work! They appreciate being appreciated.

If you are looking for images that are free to use (like Creative Commons licensed images – and if you don’t know what Creative Commons is, follow that link!), consider tools like which give you an option for a free to use search criteria. Below is a screen shot from the Advanced Search feature on



And here is an example of how Alan found a great image, inserted it into this weeks task list, and referenced it.



Need to learn more and practice good citation? Try this game page.

Link to Your Resources/References

In a really great blog post today I read:

 Posting images with text (much like a Meme)

I have no idea what Meme is. Add a link. Increase the value of what you put on the web! All this community/network/crowdsourcing is about ADDING VALUE to get value. So add value!

Likewise, consider links resources to learn more. (Hint, they are in your weekly syllabus pages!)


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Technology Challenges

Hi all

I’m posting this as an announcement as well as in my Faculty blog as I want to know your thoughts and opinions.

This week has been one of juggling a couple of challenges – some just for me personally, and some for the group. For me, my little under-powered netbook may be coming to the end of its useful life as my companion on the road. Google Hangout just killed it in terms of processing power and I sat here in Rossland, BC (rural Canada where I’m teaching a graphic facilitation workshop and go to Vancouver tomorrow to teach a second one) trying to type in a frozen chat stream, hear, talk… blah blah blah. It just would not work.

For our group as a whole, I can easily imagine the frustration and//or boredom in the classroom and the call for some new strategies — both in terms of technology and process — is well timed.

A couple of things I have been thinking of which have been echoed by others.

  • IF we continue to use Google Hangouts for the full group, create a circle prior to the time of the Hangout to easily invite everyone.
  • Figure out why invites are NOT showing up or visible for some members (I learned a shortcut from Alan yesterday – copy and send the URL directly to people!)
  • Get the Hangout URL and Meetingwords URL set up a half hour in advance and email to everyone.  Decide WHERE we will take notes. (That flew out the window this week and would have been even more helpful due to the bad audio quality.
  • Set up some smaller Hangouts … maybe I can do a hangout w/ two teams at a time?
  • Get clearer and more prepared for what we want to do in the hangout. It has to be high enough value to be worth the challenges.

What do you think of these ideas? What ideas do you have?

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Do the blog posts from these students resonate with you?

More blog posts from the Stanford course I mentioned earlier. As I read the blog posts, I think of all of you and your first few weeks of blogging/reflecting/learning in public.  Take a peek and see if they resonate for you

Here is a screen shot of two of the blog posts. If you feel like it, why not comment on THEIR blogs!


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Daily Page View Snapshots – Curious?

I am going to try and regularly share some screenshots of the page view stats. We can also show you “behind the scenes” of the blog if you wish.

I find it interesting to see which pages get the most page views. This week, the blogs are moving up in attention. That is a great sign!

What pages were  popular Sept 18

What pages were popular Sept 18


What pages were  popular Sept 19

What pages were popular Sept 19

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How do you feel about publicly blogging? Want to see other examples?

Howard Rheingold is teaching a course at Stanford which shares our “public blogging” approach. You might want to check out some of the students’ early blogs and see how their experience compares to yours!

As part of his introduction, Howard shared this slide show on collaborative learning. Again, what do you notice that is familiar or different in our course?

There is another link on his course that I like on the media we use to co-learn. I’ve embedded it below.  It might be fun to make a map for our course. Is anyone interested?

Stanford Social Media Issues Course Collaboration Tool Configuration

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You care about the syllabus and grading list!

I was looking at the site stats, and this is what I saw today:



It is always interesting to see what motivates folks…. 🙂

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Look Who is Tweeting #About ProjComm!

week2externaltweetsI’ve been tweeting a bit about Project Community with the #projcomm hashtag. I thought I’d share a few of the tweets I noticed this morning!

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Want to Know How the Blogging is Going?

Just a quick post to share some of the Projectcommunity web stats so far. Monday 21 articles were published. Tuesday there were 55, Wednesday 10 and today 8. Some of those were from faculty, so I suspect there are a few of you who still need to get your blogs started (hint, hint!)


You might be surprised to know there were two visits from people who followed a link from Twitter today and 8 yesterday (I think both Alan and I are tweeting with the #ProjComm hashtag if you want to figure out how/what it means to follow a Twitter hashtag!)  We’ve had some referrals from Facebook as well.

What pages were popular yesterday? Take a look at this image.


I’ll occasionally post stats if you are interested! If you’d like a tour of the back end of our site, ask Alan or I and we can do a hangout and show you.
Waving from Seattle


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The Blog Machine is Making Music! (and listening for comments)

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by fdecomite:

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by fdecomite:

We are extremely pleased with how quickly this year’s students have gotten their blogs linked to the site, and have already taken on writing their reflections. And there is some creative effort already in naming blogs and using media. You can see a list of all registered sites on a new menu tab for All Blogs.

Check the tab for your group and make sure your blog title is listed on the right sidebar. If it is missing (or miss-assigned, that ha already happened, Alan’s Human Error Machine), please use the contact form to let me know.

tumblr button You might notice a few blogs titled… “Untitled”– when you see that does it help you to know the source of a post? You can change the title of your tumblr plug at any time by visiting it’s public URL, e.g. If you are logged into tumblr, and it is your site, you will see a “customize” button.

That leads to an interface where you can create a more unique, descriptive title, as well as do thing like pick a new theme, or add features to your blog.

If you change your title, the next time our site checks yours, we will update that title everywhere it appears on the site. Correction, it will change the name on new posts and when your blog appears on the sidebar,

If you wish to have it changed how it is listed for a blog’s archives, you will have to contact me since it requires a small manual edit to the site.

Some questions that came in:

Will all of my tumblr post will be posted here?

Yes, everything you post on your blog is copied here. We provide a link back to your original site on each post. It is not immediate, we check your site only once an hour, so do not panic if your post does not show up right away.

The reason we do this is to assemble everyone’s posts together, and to organize them by your project groups. In addition, tumblr does not have a built in system to comment (actually it can be done, but is a bit tricky), and even if it did, there is not away to bring comments together. So you can comment on posts on the Project Community site,

Do we still need to use the hashtags once we’re connected here?

No, tags are not required. Everything you write on that blog comes in here (if you decide you like tumblr, you can create new ones for any topic you like).

tag widgetWe suggest using tags to describe what you are writing about as descriptive terms– if you are writing about crowdfunding strategies for NGOs, if you add tags “crowdfunding”, “NGO”, and “strategy” we are able to have a link that will show all other posts using the same tag — see all posts tagged OpenInnovator as an exmaple

All tags are grouped together on the sidebar widgets, and overtime will grow to show what topics are mentioned more often. Tagging is not required for you as an individual, but if you contribute tags, it benefits the entire community.

Comments Are Conversation Are Community

Comments are important in this experience. They are a way to connect our work, person to person. You can give feedback, share resources, give criticism (be constructive). It is important to comment on other people’s work, and to respond to comments that people make on yours.

However, our site has no way to contact you when a comment arrives. One option is to check the box at the bottom of the comment form, Notify me of follow-up comments by email. This will let you know when there is a new response to something you have participated in. If you every wish to turn off notifications, there should be a link at the bottom of any of the notification emails.

You can also monitor all conversations on the site via the Conversations button. These are organized to show the newest comments at the top, but they are grouped by the page they reference, so you can see more of a discussion thread.

Another strategy is to keep an eye on your own posts- look for the link to all your posts on the right side of your group’s page. For example, from Group 7, on the right side is a link Ceire’s Corner. If this was my blog, I might bookmark the page, and keep an eye on the indicator that shows me how many comments have been made per post:

Each post will display the number of comments it has received

Each post will display the number of comments it has received

If you click that link, it takes you right to the comment form.

Like many things in a networked environment, you have many choices on a communication strategy. We will not prescribe one approach, it is up to you to develop one that works best for you.

Happy blogging!

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How to Get Ready

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This is the week that this site comes to life, as students start setting up their tumblr blogs and rake on the first tasks of Week 2, Your NGO and You.

We have re-organized a web site guide, featuring:

And follow along with Nancy White, as she shows us the way we all will virtually wear our Four Hats

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