Supporting and Advancing Online Dialogue: May 7-27, 2007

coming to a closure...

Re: coming to a closure...

by Sylvia Currie -
Number of replies: 0
Thank you Cindy and all participants (including those who chose to read along!) in our Supporting and Advancing Online Dialogue seminar.

Neat that Cindy closed with her question about how, in fact, do you draw an end to a conversation like this. And, as pointed out by others in previous SCoPE seminars -- WHY do we bring closure? It is something that we impose upon ourselves in this world when meanwhile the tools and asynchronous nature of online dialogue provide us with so many options! Even online conferences continue to be modeled after f2f, with jam-packed schedules and a flurry of activity.

There is something to be said for the focus and synergy when working within a schedule. We take the conversation to a certain level, then it needs some time to rest. Artefacts remain and we can always revisit and bring the gems forward into a new and focused dialogue. Perhaps just knowing that the moment to contribute might pass is a motivator in itself! Although, at SCoPE we never really close a discussion. They just get nudged down to the "past seminar discussions" section, along with the smiling faces of our volunteer facilitators and remain open for afterthoughts. So no missed opportunities here! If you have any of those afterthoughts about how to wind down then come on in. :-)

Mark your calendars. We're busy preparing for much anticipated June seminar: Personal Learning Environments June 4 - 24, facilitated by Derek Chirnside and Derek Wenmoth. Hope to see you all there!

Sylvia Currie
SCoPE Coordinator