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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Competencies of online interaction

I have taken selective notes of Alan Levine's recording of Nancy White at Northern voice talking about seven competencies of online interaction.

1. People think that going online will solve their problems, but you get online and it's not that easy. Among other things you are bridging literacies, bridging belief systems and bridging languages. (Sigh of relief that she didn't use the C _ L_ T _ R _ word).

2. Interacting online involves thinking/moving laterally not hierarchically. Global thinkers, those who absorb large amounts of information randomly and then see patterns, do better than sequential thinkers who tend to take linear steps that follow in a logical order.

3. We have to be able to read a hell of a lot more; we need to be able to scan and see patterns.

4. Interacting online involves bringing your heart and mind into the online world.

5. Jealousy, ego and competition don't work as we become change artists or process artists. (I didn't manage to hear all this bit of the recording).

6. Interaction is emergent and multi-contextual.

7. We have to be able to write. And we have to be writers, beyond words including images, music etc.

8. Ealy adopters can take a lot of information and makes sense of it - we have to be able to filter it for others (e.g. through tagging)

9. An important competence is to be unknowing. Bev switches on the neon lights round this one in a desparate bid to challenge the entire Portuguese education system.

10. Blogging is going to increase our online competencies - it will change the way we articulate our ideas.

11. Online is "not a solo gig". We interact online with others, while the experience of it is an individual one.

12. The power and importance of the lurker.

13. We have to learn to be "creatively abrasive"

14. Very important is "the art of invitation" - crafting an invitation that gets people involved

15. Our role as bridges for people shy of interacting in the online world - not necessarily all the time nor alone.

16. Our struggle to manage our multiple identities and personas in the multiple contexts/communities in which we are operating. (This is one of Wenger's key questions in his research agenda and a question in my own research).

17. The importance of outsiders - "the magic of the periphery". (I like this one as I see myself as a privelaged outsider in almost everything).

18. The importance of striving for self-awareness in online interactions (becoming self-aware, not self-absorbed).

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Blogger Beth Kanter said...

Thanks for taking great notes!

2/12/2006 05:23:00 PM  
Blogger Nancy White said...

Yeah, thanks from me too. Bev, in one of the live blogging sessions - I think it was the one with Dave Sifry and Tim Bray I have a note for you about multilingual tagging. We REALLY need to talk about this.

2/12/2006 08:15:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Wonderfully useful notes, Bev. Thanks a million.

2/13/2006 01:09:00 AM  
Blogger bev trayner said...

Yesterday the different points had spaces between them. Today they don't - although they do in edit.


2/13/2006 02:32:00 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Oh, my god. That's like the manifesto of what I've been saying and trying to live by, for my whole life.

- Liz

2/14/2006 02:55:00 AM  
Blogger Nancy White said...

Amazing what a value-add your notes have become. Many people are linking to your post. Yet another pointer to the power of US/Community.

2/17/2006 01:54:00 AM  
Blogger Gail said...

Another thanks for posting these notes. And thanks to Will Richardson who pointed me to Alan Levine who pointed me to you. Now I'll link this on my blog and let others have benefit of Nancy's great thinking and your great service in getting the ideas online.

2/24/2006 07:24:00 PM  
Blogger bev trayner said...

It's cool! I took the notes to help me listen better. I temporarily forgot that they would be helpful to other people.

But now I know!

2/24/2006 07:48:00 PM  
Blogger Derek said...

Sometimes I am a bit slow Bev. What's the C _ L_ T _ R _ word?

Please don't type all the letters. Just the missing ones will be fine. :-)

6/21/2007 05:58:00 AM  
Blogger bev trayner said...

It should read: C_LT_R_.

And the missing letters are U and E. See if you can work it out :-)

6/21/2007 10:49:00 AM  
Blogger Derek said...

Thanks. :-) Hope the conference is going well. Now I will read your post again to see what is wrong with C_LT_R_ (Why have you se word verification at 8 letters, why not 3??) - D

6/22/2007 03:30:00 AM  

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