Dec 30 2011
We wrote Chapter 10 of Digital Habitats as a combination summary of the whole book and as a workbook that organizes the content in a roughly chronological / process order (instead of the logical, expository order we use in the book itself). We imagined that people would copy pages of the book and write their responses on paper. And we published a PDF version that you could print out and write on as well. But we’ve found that it’s useful when people complete it together, discuss it, and share it at several different stages of “completeness.”
Recently a group of students in the Foundations of Communities of Practice workshop completed a Word-Doc version of Chapter 10. It turned out that the process of responding to the questions was very useful to them and the results were very interesting to compare, even thought the communities represented seemed quite different one from another.
Being able to write in the Word Doc was more useful than the PDF version because the boxes could expand according to how much there was to say about a particular topic for a particular community. (And in one community that was at a very early stage of development, it was useful to complete just the front end and skip the rest of it.)
Here’s how to make a copy so you can work through the questions that are relevant to your community using Google Docs:
Point your browser to the original: http://bit.ly/DH-chapter10 . You can’t edit the original version, but anybody can view it. Log in to Google Docs. (See Step 1.)
- Save your own copy of the document by selecting “Make a copy” on the drop-down menu under “file”. Share your copy as appropriate, the more the better. (See Step 2.)
- Find your new copy in your list of Google Docs and begin the hard / fun part: thinking through all the issues discussed in Chapter 10! (See Step 3.)
We are considering having some systematic group discussions in CPsquare, comparing completed responses for many different communities. I anticipate that the issues raised in Chapter 10 will be challenging and difficult for some communities, obvious for others, and irrelevant for some. Understanding more about those differences should be very useful to all of us.
If you have a completed workbook that you would like to present, please let me know. Either way, stay in touch!
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