"Understanding and Using Social Software for GDLN - Module 3" - 9am EDT

Module 3: Get the picture? Photos, videos, and maps

Live session, Monday, July 23rd - 9am EDT

This module covers emerging tools for sharing and organizing multimedia content such as videos and photos, as well as mapping tools for tagging online content to a specific location. 

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Welcome to the collaborative course "Understanding and Using Social Software"(GDLNSS07), developed especially for GDLN Affiliates.  During the next three weeks we will meet, discuss, share, debate, and innovate about ways to use low-cost, interactive, web tools to support our work and the mission of the GDLN.

About the course

“Understanding and Using Social Software for GDLN” will address why social software designed for learning is important, and how to use it.  GDLN Affiliates will learn about “Web 2.0” and new trends in online tools. The course will be made up three modules, each of which will discuss online interactivity, collaboration, knowledge sharing and collaborative products.  Our goal is to give you a better understanding of new approaches to online communication, so that you can incorporate some or all of them into your ongoing work.

Key takeaways

At the end of this course, participants should be able to answer the following questions:

  • What are social software and related online collaboration tools and how are they relevant to my work?
  • What are the different types of tools and services that are freely or cheaply available and easy to implement?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of different types of tools, and how do I pick the right tool or service to support the specific interaction and collaboration that I am trying to achieve?
  • How have my colleagues around the world applied social software and related tools? What were their experiences and lessons learned?    


Course approach and outline

The course will present three modules in a "Learn, Explore, and Apply and Discuss" format to combine live interaction with self-study and group collaboration.

Each of the three course modules will be presented during a live online “webinar” session, during which we will introduce different features and functions currently available to help people work better together.  Following the webinar sessions we will have a series of resources and tools that each participant can explore and review.  In between each of the modules we will be engaging participants directly to actively use and discuss the different tools being discussed. While you might be somewhat familiar with a few of the tools introduced, we will also show you new ways to apply these tools – ways you may not have thought about before. Furthermore, we will introduce complimentary services and products available that can be downloaded and applied at little or no cost. Each module’s title is listed below, along with the tools and services we will be discussing.


What the course requires from you

This course is based on a "learn by doing" model, and we will be teaching you about each of the tools and services by actively using them together in between live presentations.  After each module is presented, we will ask you to use some of the features and tools discussed as part of an after-class activity,or set of activities, to be completed before the subsequent module begins. For example, we will be posting discussion topics and asking each of you to share your ideas and experiences.  We will be posting thoughts and observations to a course blog and will ask for your comments.  We will also ask you to update a course wiki.  All of these activities are designed to help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of each type of tool so you can then apply them in your own work. The live online presentation of each module will take place on the first day of the week, and you will then have the rest of the week to complete that module’s homework assignment. Please note:

  • You should expect about 2-4 hours of work each module, which includes participating in the live online presentation and completing that week’s activity.
  • You should have both a Skype and IM account. Skype, email and IM will be our way of communicating with you, should you have any questions about your assignment (Skype can be downloaded for free at www.skype.com, and you can use any IM client, including AIM, GAIM, Pidgin http://pidgin.im/pidgin/home/, and MSN Messenger).
  • You should expect to complete 95-100% of the after-presentation activities in order to receive your course completion certificate
  • At the end of the course, you will have collaboratively created a knowledge-base of information, using your contributions and information shared throughout each module.  

About the Course Instructors

This course will be taught by three staff members from Forum One Communications, a web consulting company that specializes in web strategy and web development for non-profits and policy-focused organizations. Our team includes:

Dave Wizel
is a founder of Forum One and has been conceptualizing, designing, and developing web sites since 1995. He has over 20 years of professional software development experience starting with programming FORTRAN on IBM Mainframes and dBase II on the earliest IBM PCs. He has lead the conceptualization and development of online services including Familyplanet.org for the Packard Foundation, World Bank Research and Online Media Briefing Center, Earth Force’s Green.org, and the International Women’s Media Foundation (not yet relaunched). Dave also lead the Forum One team that was awarded a grant by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to develop Backyard Jungle, an interactive site that will get youth more involved in environmental issues. Dave has a keen interest in how online tools can help non-profit organizations improve performance and has been very involved in exploring and defining metrics that can be used to monitor and improve performance and increase return on investment. While at Forum One he has conducted detailed performance analysis of several projects including familyplanet.org for the Packard Foundation, World Bank internal and external web sites, and the Population Reference Bureau. He has extensive international experience and has implemented information systems for governments in Africa and Indonesia. Dave has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University and a Bachelors from Texas A&M University.

Joe Pringle has over nine years experience managing projects focused on issues such as communications strategy, organizational effectiveness, knowledge management, environmental health, and performance based management. He has consulted for a wide range of clients including public utilities, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, industry associations, and the private sector and has work experience in 10 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. His current work focuses on helping clients design and implement intranets, extranets, web conferencing, and other online tools and services that support team collaboration. He holds a BS in Chemistry from Washington and Lee University and an MS from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina.  

Tory Colvin is a Project Officer at Forum One, where she has led both strategy and development work for a number of clients. Currently she manages projects with national and international development groups, including the National Capacity Development (NCD) Project, “Tatweer,” in Iraq, and the World Bank’s Global Development Learning Network. Prior to joining Forum One, Tory worked in the American Meteorological Society9s Policy Program, where she helped organize monthly Capitol Hill briefings between policy makers and scientists to promote effective communication and move policy forward within Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences. She also worked at a marketing services agency in Chicago, where she helped manage the Industry Summit Conferences at The National Hardware Show, in Las Vegas, from 2003-2005. Tory received a BA in Communications from The University of Arizona and a Masters of Public Policy, in Environmental Policy, from Georgetown University9s Public Policy Institute.

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