I heard today that my NECC proposal was accepted. The session, titled 0 to 60 in Three Years: A New Online Community, will focus on the development of the insideUHS web site, taking advantage of existing cultural norms within the school, resources that were already in place, and free, open-source software.
Presenting at conferences is a great form of professional development. Just as you learn the material best when you teach it, I love being compelled to perform additional research in order to understand an idea well enough to present it to a diverse audience.
For this presentation, I would like to further explore theories around online community development. How consistent is our experience at UHS with prevalent theories on how people choose to participate in online communities? How do other schools foster participation in online communities? I would love to hear from those who are doing it or are familiar with the research.