I failed to update this blog for quite some time, but I did not stop learning. I participated in a course facilitated by Howard Rheingold about Augmented Collective Intelligence. Some students did not want to stop after the five week course, and after a cumbersome decision taking process we decided to do a collaborative reading of Howard’s book The Virtual Community, which is available online.

We did two chapters a week for five weeks. I made summaries of each chapter:

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3 and 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10

The chapters were discussed on a closed forum (the reading was free but we wanted the participants to express themselves freely) and discussed each week during a Zoom conference. Howard attended a few sessions so we could ask questions to the author.

We did our five weeks of reading which was a great experience – why read on your own if you can learn so much more by reading with others? We experimented with Zoom and with the annotating system hypothes.is.

There will most probably be a follow-up: we’d like to update the links of the online version of the book and give more information about a number of persons and institutions mentioned in the book.

A new project could be a collaborative reading of The Peeragogy Handbook, which would be an interesting meta-experience since that book – also available online – is all about organizing online learning communities.

If you’re interested in reading the Handbook, please let me know!

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