Thursday, July 12, 2007

Conversations or Virtual Communities

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach recently wrote about virtual communities and how that term is defined. Another term is personal learning environments. Both terms, while it can be useful to define one's terms, scare away those whom we desire to initiate into our online communities.
A better phrase, possibly oversimplistic, is merely conversation. Everyone, even those not online, understand the word conversation. If our main intent is to gather more into this conversation, making the nomenclature simple will only facilitate the willingness of others to join our conversation. Who have you invited into the conversation (echo chamber as Chris Lehman calls it) this week?
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