How to Participate

The design idea behind the open section of MSLOC 430 is this: It’s not quite a course, but more than a conversation.

Which means: No need to register or sign up. You are free to participate by choosing your own path (see more below) and joining us for as much or as little as you prefer.

Community, Twitter and blog

You may wish to join our Google+ Community: MSLOC430 Enterprise Social Networking, which will be the single community-gathering space for discussions. Joining this community may be the best way to find out who else is joining in the activities.

If you do not wish to join the Google+ Community, you may participate by following this blog and the #msloc430 Twitter hashtag.

This blog will be used to post links to resources, activities (i.e. Twitter chats) and discussion prompts. If you did nothing else – you could follow this blog and track progress and have access to whatever resources we create (and we plan to create a couple of Google documents summarizing our findings about the topics we’ll cover).

The #msloc430 hashtag will be used for Twitter chats and connecting any interested members of the community.

Choose your own path

You have several ways in which to participate. You might be with us during all six weeks. Or four. Or two. The design goal is to provide an outcome during each segment no matter what sequence or configuration you participate in.

Full six weeks – Solve a problem.

You can choose to track along a path similar to the enrolled students in my MSLOC 430 course.

First, share an organizational work or learning challenge for which you would like to develop an innovative solution, based on leveraging enterprise social networking technology. Explore different models of innovative solutions in work and learning during the first four weeks. Then work with us in weeks 5 and 6 to find new combinations of ideas that might address your challenge.

Two week sampler – Explore a new domain.

Weeks 1-2 will be devoted to innovations in education and learning. Weeks 3-4 will focus on innovations in how we work or solve work-related problems. If you know a lot about one but not the other, explore the domain with which you are least familiar.

Peer review, share-your-expertise sampler.

Know something about any or all of the topics we will cover? Drop in and share your expertise at any point. But be sure to check out the final two weeks when we begin to think about combining ideas in new ways. Expert peer review will help all of us think critically about our ideas – and the discussion may point you to new ideas that you have never before considered.