Recently I attended a conference where we discussed collaborative tools. Many at the conference had never used a Ning
, or other Social Networking
The group was attempting to collaborate online after the conference. I listened to ideas on how collaboration should happen and/or what the best method should be. The conference leaders finally decided that they should use a list serve to share the information. Their reasoning was that such a tool would benefit all teachers. Every attended could subscribe to the list serve. Those who are subscribed would receive messages in their email. Anyone who had input would be able to comment to the list serve and everyone else could read their message.
I am subscribed to over two dozen list serves. Due to the quantity of list serves I am subscribed to, I have settings to get one combined message a day, or one a week. I find many become quite redundant in the information - for example: the same questions are asked once a week or more. I see the usefulness of all of these list serves. I, however, think collaboration could become better. Several list serves that I am subscribed to have not generated any messages in over a year. I know I am unable to grow professionally when sharing is not happening. On the other hand, several of these list serves have been very beneficial in providing pedagogy ideas for my teaching.
On the other hand, I am active on many social networking sites. Perhaps it is due to the "newness" of these sites that I find much more collaboration happening. For example, I generally receive at least 1 idea or useful web link from Twitter every 30 minutes.
I also like how several of these social networking sites allow the sharing of documents, videos, and pictures. I rarely receive notifications of such resources from any of my list serves. I think people using these list serves also use technology to enhance teaching.
Perhaps the list serve (started LONG ago in a galaxy far, far away) was the precursor of today's web 2.0 collaboration tools. I enjoyed reading @Twilliamson
's blog post on the topic: "Debate over Listserves: Web 1.0 or 2.0?" I know that I personally am not unsubscribing from any of the list serves I currently use.
I'm interested in reading (or hearing) your thoughts on this subject. Bring on the use of Web 2.0 tools ... Please reply to this post using any format that you feel is appropriate.