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Sunday, December 18th, 2005
3:37 pm - Q&A

It is far far far from be perfect, but at least I tried :) 

 

  • What is 'social' about social software?
              Social software
              Birds of the same feather flock together
              No boundaries
  • How is the notion of community being redefined by social software?
              People
              No space, no time, no age
              Pure communication 
  • What aspects of our humanity stand to gain or suffer as a result of our use of and reliance on social software?
              Connectivity, collaboration, dissemination, participation, anonymity!
              Privacy? Identity? Reliability? 
              Trade off...
  • How is social agency shared between humans and (computer) code in social software?
              People create code 
              Code gives a space for people to communicate 
              Exclusive circle...
  • What are the social repercussions of unequal access to social software?
               A big group of people
              Some are in but the majority is out
              At least now...
  • What are the pedagogical implications of social software for education?
              We are the teachers
              We are the students
              Maybe, even both at the same time  
  • Can social software be an effective tool for individual and social change?
              Nobody knows who you really are
              You might be everything
              Explore yourself!

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11:35 am - Final reflection

This semester I've been trying to help the founders of Zionist community in its developing. This subject is of great interest for me as a jew who lived in diaspora (Russia), then in Israel and then in diaspora once again (here, in US). I had a very specific perspective of possible interesting topics, which I porposed to the founders. As I described in my previous posts, we decided to start a wiki in order to facilitate readers to add their own ideas as well as give the existing ones new perspectives.  
Now, when the semester is almost over I want to summarize what I learned during the class, in general, and my IE project, in particular.

1. I'd like to start from the very beginning, when I had to decide whether to take this course or not. When I read the syllabus I had no idea what each of the words means (wiki, rss, blog, bookmarking etc.). So, I called my husband and asked him about it. Having heard that I don't really know what all these concepts are about, he told me that I must take this class. However, as we proceed talking and after that, during the first lecture, I realized that, in fact, I know at least some of these concepts... moreover, I even used blogs (reading them) and I found information on wikipedia, I just didn't know what exactly I'm doing. I think this is one of the interesting aspects of social software: many people are using it, but, it seems to me, that few ever thaught about its definitions, actual use, versatile possibilities, pros and cons...  So,during this course I discovered, first of all, different forms of social software. In order to proceed with my issue enterpreneurship project, I had to realize what  the differences between the means of social software are and, hence, how they can be used to promote different social issues. For example, blogs are mainly the one man product, in other words, they stick to the nature of the man (or a small group of people), who is the founder of the blog. Wiki, however, is opened to the ideas of the whole community and is more versatile than a blog. When I joined the Blogsofzion project, I came from the outside of the group who edited the blog, and I saw that the blog was mainly concentrated on politics, thus lacking all over perspectives of zionist life. So, I proposed that there might be many issues that will be more popular for the community then politics. Which, exactly, issues? I hope the wiki we started will help us to reveal it. At least, it has the potential.
2. Another very interesting question, that I've been thhinking about during the last month, was whether social software might replace face to face communication. I came to think about it because of two experiences during our class: my issue enterpreneurship project and our DPSC wiki. I noticed an interesting factor in the development of both projects: in spite of the fact that both of them are devloped online and do not require face to face interaction by their nature, we tended to meet face to face in order to make things going. In our DPSC wiki, the seen progress was done during our class meetings. I, personally, really enjoyed working in class and discussing the issues, while when I was working from home (online) it was really hard for me to make a progress. I felt frustrated because I wasn't sure if what I'm doing is right and I couldn't discuss my thoughts... As to my issue enterpreneurship project, I realized that in order to decide about critical issues we had to meet with Ariel. Actually, we tried to do it online, but we felt that it was not enough because we wanted to discuss our agenda, plans, wiki map etc. and I realized that it was very hard and not effective to do it online. Thus, on the one hand, my face to face meetings with Ariel were very effective in terms of working out the plans etc., however, it took us a lot of time to schedule those meetings and to, actually, meet. Because of all these factors, there was made a little progress in developing our online community, but, now, when we made up all the critical decisions and have a work plan, I hope it'll proceed faster.
3. I think that the projects I had to deal with during the class gave me a new persective to the social software: today I can call myself a reflective social software user. I'm able to decide which social software tool (or combination of tools) is better in the specific situation basing on pros and cons of each one of them.  However, I cannot say that I'm a specialist in this field: only now I understand that I have more questions than answers. I'm still not sure if the decisions that we made regarding the development of the online community will really work. Will people be engaged in developing the wiki or will they feel abandoned because there will be nobody to lead them? I hope, that our decision to use bothe wiki and blog will help us to develop the discussions so that they'll be interesting and engaging for the community.
     
Overall, I think that my contribution, ideas and thoughts were (and will be, hopefully) significant for the development of the community and we'll see the results soon.

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Saturday, December 3rd, 2005
2:20 pm - Thoughts
When one uses social software, one is supposed to write (obviously). So, I wonder, does there exist any research about whether social software improves writing skills or not? It seems to me that the answer is "Yes", however, I'm not familiar with the research on this topic. If I'm right, maybe social software might be used for educational goals, for example, facilitating students writing skills...
Thoughts? Anybody?

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10:39 am - Women in Technology Workshop
This weekend I attended Prof. Budin's Women in Technology and Education workshop. During the workshop we discussed several gender-realted technology topics. And, of course, one of the major issues that were aroused, was the social software one, specifically, blogs. We discussed how gender differences influence people online communication. We compared several blogs by women and men, and tried to identify differences.
We noticed that women's blogs more adressed relationship issues (kids, family, spouses), or presented life dilemmas that we face in our everyday life. However, men's blogs were oriented mainly to political, economic and technological issues. Men do not regularly publicize or discuss their feelings.
We conducted a small experiment: we started reading blog without knowing who writes it (there were no real pictures as well) and only by the content we could recognize if it was a man or a woman. So, following my previous post about online women community, I've got one more evidence that in spite of the fact that online community might be completely anonymous, most of the times one can reveal who stands behind this or that name. (Of course, I'm talking about those who pretend on purpose being a man or a woman)

Any thoughts on it?
Did anybody try to conduct something like that?
Can you agree on this or you have different point of view?

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Friday, December 2nd, 2005
10:00 pm - ...

"I couldn't help but notice that although you stated that you intend to focus on the 'social' and not so much the 'software,' the rest of your discussion revolves around the wiki (the software) ;-) " (Ulises's comment to my previous post)
     - I was talking about wiki - that's right, but I really wasn't talking about its "software" issues (at least as I understand them) . I WAS talking about SOCIAL issues!!!! I was talking about wiki's ability to give people space to express themselves, and in our case to propose new topics. This is how, I think, wiki can really help us.

"How will people learn about the wiki?"
     - We discussed this with Ariel. He is a student at Jewish Theological Seminary, so he actually knows a lot of people who are interested in this community. So, maybe it makes sense to interview several people (the potential useres of the wiki) about the issues they want discuss there. As I've already mentioned this investigation wasn't conducted before creating a blog.  As well, since there are people who already use the blog, we'll post an advertisement there about the new wiki that we started. I'll be more than glad to hear more ideas about what I can do!!! Anobody?

"What will motivate them to start using it?"
This, really, is a very complicated question. Most of the people are not really computer geeks and I'm not sure they will grasp this opportunity immediately. Maybe, it maes sense to organize a workshop on using the socil software... This is the main issue we are dealing with right now. I can't say that today we have clear answers. However, we hope that people who are using today's blog will use wiki as well... Actually, my first goal, as an enabler, is to engage people who are already using the blog to use it more actively and frequently... That's why I gave an advice of creating a wiki (the passiveness of blog users might be explained by topics that are not really engaging). As Ulises mentioned recently "there's going to be few early adopters and a slow increase of adherents until an early majority is reached, and then the rest of the adopters quickly fall into place". I think that the critical point here is to reach the early majority... Does anybody know if there exist any specific guidelines or strategies in achieving that?

"Will they find the lack of structure inviting, or chaotic?" 
One of the wiki sections will deal with users' feedback regarding the content of the wiki and the wiki itself. Hopefully, we'll get it and I'll make changes, correspondently.  But, we can't answer this question untill we actually start  doing this.

My major concern today is that is really time consuming one and we have two weeks till the end of the semester. I feel very frustrated..., because I'm not sure that what I'm supposed to do and what I'm actually doing is the same thing.


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Monday, November 28th, 2005
7:40 pm - IE update
So, I've met with Ariel today and we decided to start a WIKI! YES!
It's name is Hibbat Zion and you can find it here.
We decided to transfer all the main topics that we have in the blog to the wiki, and to add a section for new ideas. As the ideas emerge we will post them as a separate topic and we'll see if they develop or not. Those ideas who will be perspective will be added to the main blog.
Today our wiki is not ready yet, I've just started working on it.
So, if anybody has ideas, you are welcome to sare them... :)
  

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Saturday, November 26th, 2005
6:52 pm - IE project update
From Ullises's previous comment I understood that in terms of our class the keyword in social software is 'social' and not 'software' :)
So, this week I had one more meeting with Ariel Beery (the administrator of the blog blogsofzion.com ). I proposed to Ariel the idea of creating a wiki, because I think that it might be very helfull in developing the online jewish community.
The main reason for this my opinion is that the blog that exists today contains 5 blogs: the main one, and four other for different subtopics. However, from the conversation with Ariel I understood that he is not sutisfied with the number of people who post to the blog regularly and the number of potings in the blog. When I've asked Ariel how they (the creators of the blog) decided on creating sub-blogs on these specific topics, he told me that this decision was arbitrary - they just assumed that these are interesting topics. But, all these topics are connected to politics and maybe they attract only those who are interested in politics. Though, jewduism isn't only about politics, and there exists an opportunity that a big group of people is not involved in the blog-life, because they are not interested in the subject itself. I think that wiki might be an excellent tool in starting and developing the online community: it gives people a chance to propose topics that they are interested in. In other words, wiki, in this specific case, might serve as a research tool, that will help us to investigate interests of jewish community. Then, basing on the results that we'll, hopefully, recieve, we'll be able to adjust the existing blog to match community's interests.
In the end of the converstion, Ariel said that maybe I'm right, but he should ask two other guys that are working with him together if they agree. I emphasized that creating a wiki does not substitute the existing blog: they will exist in parallel mode and then, when we'll understand using the wiki what subject is of interest for the community, we'll gradually change the blog (if needed, of course).
In a word, I'm waiting now for Ariel's answer regarding this topic and if the answer will be postitive, I'll start creating a wiki.
            

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Friday, November 25th, 2005
12:08 pm - Gender Issues in Online Communities - IA#4
One of the articles in Andrew Feenberg and Darin Barney's book "Community in the Digital Age" especially drew my attention. The article by Leslie Regan Shade "chronicles the transformation of two online communities designed specifically for women (women.com) and young girls (gurl.com)" and its title is: Gender and Commodification of Community: women.com and gurl.com. The article mainly discusses the "feminization of the internet" from the moment the Internet was launched and till nowadays. It arouses issues concerning the debate about the ethics of online marketing targeted to children, in general, and young girls, in particular. This article does not discuss the general gender issues in online community, however, it made me think about them. So, I decided to conduct a small research on this topic - the results of which I posted on del.icio.us.
Actually, I've been interested in this topic for a long time. The first reason for that is, of course, me being a woman. :) Secondly, during my undergraduate studies, I worked closely with one of my colleagues who investigated gender issues in computing in Israel Society. During that period I acquired interest to this topic and now I've decided to invetigate it in terms of online communication.
One of the questions aroused by Lisa J. King in her CPSR (Computer Professionals For Social Responsibility) newsletter (http://www.cpsr.org/prevsite/publications/newsletters/issues/2000/Winter2000/king.html) is: "Is what is happening online merely a reflection of real-world power structures and communications?" Indeed, is our real world being changed by the dynamics of the online communities and vice versa? There exist several theories regarding the gender issues in online communications. The first theory is that online communication is more equal, it softens social barriers, thus enabling women to express themselves. The second theory is that online interaction is a reflection of real world conversation where the dominance is on the side of men and that gender-neutral communication is impossible.
In spite of the fact that the first theory seems very logical, I think, that the second one is more realistic. In her other article (http://www.vcn.bc.ca/sig/comm-nets/shade.html), Leslie Regan Shade explores the dynamics of human interaction in several computing areas. For example, participation of women in computer science. According to Shade, the statistics for women in the computer science field reveals "that only a small percentage of computer scientists and computer professionals are female". She also emphasizes that these statistics is not surprising because of the existing stereotips that accompany women from the very childhood. Shade continues and emphasizes that "women are not very well represented on most networks" and the "cyberspace is not a gender-free space" as it might be considered at the first glance. From my personal experience I can conclude that many times women, especially those not connected to technology (like physicians, for example), are not confident in using different means of social software and their way to deal with this lack of confidence is not to use it at all. In the conclusion of her article, Shade wrote "the new 'electronic frontier' is unfortunately still a very masculine dominated space, one in which many women may feel uncomfortable at the best of times".
I think that it might be an interesting research subject to investigate how we can encourage women to use social coftware and how to create a friendly environment for them. Does anybody know something that already exists in that respect?       

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Thursday, November 17th, 2005
7:33 am - Folksonomies - IA#3

Following one of Ulises's comments on one of my previous posts, I decided to explore the folksonomy topic. While googling I understood that it's a very interesting area, at least for me. In some magic way, it's related related to different works i've been doing during the last couple of years. First of all, as I've already worte, the ultimate goal in my Master's thesis was to understand how junior high school students classify objects in the daily life and in object-oriented design. I've investigated the area of classification theory and the existing research in cognitive psychology regarding this topic. I found several interesting aspects of children thinking when they classify objects. Secondly, today, in my internship project I'm responsible for the metadata tagging project in the Learning Resource Center(LRC) of CU. Right now, I'm trying to find the best way to categorize metadata elements, in other words, to chose the right taxonomy. 
      Taxonomies, as well as partonomies (the devision of the whole into its composing parts), are well-known and throroughly investigated ways of division something into its components. However, the concept 'folksonomy' emerged only with the development of the internet use. Folksonomy is on-the-fly classifications Internet users invent to categorize the objects with which they interact online. Social software makes folksonomies available to other Internet users.
I think it might be interesting to discuss the similarities and the differences between the folksonomy and taxonomy. 
As James Melzer mentions (http://www.jamesmelzer.com/bearings/archives/2005/02/the_debate_over.html) , comparing tag-based folksonomy to a formal taxonomy is similar to comparing apples with oranges.One of the main features of taxonomy is that it allows induction, whereas folksonomy can't do that. Consider the example of the distributed research that we're conducting in the framework of our SSA class. We all are bookmarking different resources using several tags and one of them is always ccte. Thus we have a folksonomic category called ccte. There are no formal relationships between elements in this category and this is why we can't know WHY is this or that element a member of a group. Moerover, we can't predict how the next member of a group mght look like - it's absolutely arbitrary and depends entirely on the judgement of our group's members. The only relationship that can be drawn between folksonomic groups  is "things belonging to this group sometimes also belong to that other group". 
The term "folksonomy" emerged during the last couple of years, whereas the term "taxonomy" has it roots in Aristotle's writings. Aristotle speaks of two fundamental kinds of division: the division of an integral whole into its composing parts (partonomy) and the division of a universal whole into its specific parts (taxonomy). For instance, it might be said the house salesman may be an expert in different kinds of houses: private house, apartment building, two family houses whereas architect or engineer may be an expert in different parts of houses. Taxonomy, in most cases (not always, however) more likely to be a bottom up investigation in which objects are grouped on the basis of common and distinctive features. Partonomy is, however, "a consequence of an analytic attitude, of a top down investigation, in which a whole is decomposed into parts on the basis of relative integrality” (Tversky, 1990) Regarding folksonomy it can't be said if it's a top down or bottom up, because there are no specified relationships between the members of the different groups and between the groups themselves.
The interesting question now is, as states James Melzer in the end of his article, "how can we drive down the noise of useless coincedences and cull out interesting and insightfull connections from folksonomies?". I think that the power of folksonomy TODAY is that each and every one using it can cull out inightful connections depending on his/her personal perspective in that specific moment. I think this is the power of folksonomy and I'm not sure it should be chamged.   



Bibliography:
Tversky, B. (1990). “Where partonomies and taxonomies meet”, in: S. L. Tsohatzidis (ed.), Meanings and prototypes: Studies on Linguistic Categorization, London: Routledge, pp. 334-344.

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Wednesday, November 9th, 2005
3:44 pm - IE updates
Ulises,
thank you for the advice to join the already existing community. It was very helpful. I really felt that I'm trying to invent a bicycle. 


So, i found a guy in Columbia who is now trying to develop the online community that is based on blogging and may be eventually on a wiki.
Here is the site as it looks now:
www.blogsofzion.com 
This blogging system consists now of 4 blogs: the main one, and three subblogs - to the left, to the right, and religious zionist. there are a couple of things that should be done in respect to this blog.
           1. The overall design of the blog (it's awfull now) nd the subblogs.
           2. The names of the sublogs should be changed and 4 more sublogs should be added. So, there will be 8 blogs overall. The main blog and 7 sublogs:
                                      a. Voices from the Left
                                      b. Voices from the Right
                                      c. National-Religious Voices
                                      d. Liberal-Religious Voices
                                      e. Other Zionist Voices  - new 
                                      f. Creative Zionist Voices - new 
                                      g. Books of Zion - new 
          3. A few more technical corrections so that the blog will have a better design in visual and social terms.
After finishing this we'll proceed to advertising the blog and attracting people to take part in it. Then, as the community emerges, we'll decide about designing a wiki based on the people's interest in the blogs. However, I think it'll happen only by the end of January...
What do you, guys, think about this project?   

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2:19 pm - question

I have a small question regarding the posting in del.icio.us.
Ulises,
I've been posting to del.icio.us, and after some time I decided to check out how original I am (at least in our community). I found out that almost all th links that I posted were already posted mainly by you (and sometimes by other people) under the ccte tag. By the date I assumed that all these postings were in previous semesters. Could it be? And, should I worry for the originality of the links I post? 
   

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Tuesday, November 1st, 2005
11:09 am - IE process
Finally!!!!
People started to get back to me and I realized that I'm not alone who was having holidays during the whole month! :)
All jewish oragnizations were, actually, closed for the holidays and that's why nobody answered me.
Yesterday I've met with Edoe Cohen who is the head of the Israel community in CU. He was very thrilled with the idea I rpoposed about creating a wiki and livejournal that will promote the image of Israel. So, this Friday we're meeting with another guy that will participate in this project and think over how to create a wiki and what issues and topics we should address. 
However, there are two major logistic issues that I'm concerned about:
1.  It seems like it's very hard to discuss all the details online - so I have to meet with people. These meetings are very time consuming, and I'm not sure I am ready for that. Do you, guys, have any suggestions (or may be experiences) about it?
2. My second concern is about the future of the project that I start. People, whom I was talking to, expect me to continue developing this project after the end of this semester. And it is more the understandable. However, I'm not sure I can do it during the next semster as well. So, on the one hand, it's a social project and it can't be started and finished within the month and a half. On the other hand, people expect me to do this and if I can't how can I start it??? Any thoughts? Does anybody have similar concerns?

current mood: confused

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Tuesday, October 25th, 2005
1:50 pm - Have anybody heard about it?
Dr. Mark Phillipson ('88C) is an Association of Research Libraries Fellow at Columbia Libraries. He will describe his experiences running wikis -- communally authored websites -- in English courses he has taught at Bowdoin College.
http://ccnmtl.columbia.edu/seminar/001392.html

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Sunday, October 23rd, 2005
2:35 pm - Thoughts

I feel really frustrated with my issue entepreneurship project. I started exploring both of my ideas in parallel, However, neither of them brought any success by now.
My first idea, about promoting technology among language teachers, seems not to be working at all. As discussed previously, teachers are "afraid" of using technology in their  classrooms. Now, I understand that, actually most of them are afraid of using technology itself... so, how can I contuct them by the means of technology (i.e. online) if they are just not there....I tried to talk to several teachers and to write e-mails to others and they are kust not interested in that.
If anybody of you has ideas of what I should do, I'll be more than happy to hear them.
My second idea was to try to change social image of Israel. I wrote an e-mail to different Jewish societies that are realted to Israel but still didn't received any answer....
May be both these ideas aren't good...
May be I should switch to something different....



current mood: frustrated

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2:03 pm - Individual analysis #2
This time I decided to analyze the paper of Chih-Hsiung Tu and Michael Corry called RESEARCH IN ONLINE LEARNING COMMUNITY posted by Marion on 10/05/2005. This paper discusses literature and research related to online learning communities, discussions and their impact on learning. The authors propose theoretical framework for online learning communities' development.
As an epigraph to this analysis I'd like to cite Feenberg & Bakardjieva (2004): "Computers construct a virtual social world with remarkable similarities to the wrold of face-to-face communication." Indeed, in spite of the fact that I'm not a professional weblog user, I've heard, was a witness of and was amazed by the dramatic scenes and events that happened as a result of human communication ONLINE. They were not less exciting than those in real life. Learning is one of the main human activities in real life and that might be one of the reasons why onnline learning community expands daily and attracts attention of researchers all over the world.
We encounter many abstract concepts in our everyday life. The fact that I noticed during my research work at Technion is that most of these concepts do not have ONE accepted definition. Typically, different people define abstract concepts from different perspectives. In Object Oriented design, for example, the concept class is defined in many ways - each author defines it in the different way. The same phenomenon is discussed in the article in respect to the online learning community concept. For example, "from a social learning aspect, learning community is defined as a common place where people learn through group activity to define problems affecting them, to decide upon a solution, and to act to achieve a solution."
In what follows, I'd like to analyse our online community in the light of this definition and other aspects that are dicussed in the paper. We have a common place - our wiki, where we're trying to address different problems and issues that are of interest for us. Through the discussion of these issues we arrive to solutions and decisions.
One of the factors that influence the dynamics of online community is that collaboration is asynchronous.  Ocker & Yaverbaum (1999) found that asynchronous collaboration is as effective as face-to-face collaboration in terms of learning, quality of solution and solution content. Personally, I can't agree wiht this 100 percent. I think that the effectiveness of learning  both in face to face and in online collaborations depends, mainly, on instructor's professionalism and students' willingness to learn and to do things. It seems like in our community both these factors are present and that's why I feel that I'm learning new things constantly.
Another interesting factor that is discussed in the paper is the blurred boundaries of the online communication. Odasz (1994) claimed that everyone has the potential to be simultaneously a student and a teacher in a much more flexible way than in face-to-face learning. Indeed, in our class online community, we can give feedback to our classmates as well as to the class itself. We are the leaders and we are the executors.
If anyone has thought about other aspects of learnign community, I'd be glad to hear.

Bibliography:
Feenberg, A., & Bakardjieva, M. (2004). Consumers or Citizens? The online community debate. In Feenberg, A. & Barney, D. Community in the Digital Age. pp.1-30
Ocker, R.J., & Yaverbaum, G. (1999). Asynchronous computer-mediated communication versus face-to-face collaboration: Results on student learning, quality and satisfaction. Group Decision and Negotiation, 8, pp. 427-440
Ozasz, F. (1995). Issues in the development of community cooperative networks. MIT Press.  

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Saturday, October 15th, 2005
6:53 pm - Question to our onlline community
In my work in LRC, we're trying to find the best way to make the metatagging for learning objects (LO). There are several standards that I know about: IMS, Canadian Core Protocol, Dublin core. Guys, does anybody of you know something else related to this topic, or maybe have experience in metatagging? If so, I'll very appriciate if you share it with me. 

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6:08 pm - Issue Entrepreneurship
Ulises,
I have several "thank you" :) First of all, thank you for giving me space with my wedding thing. I was totally out this week (we had guests from Isreal and it was crazy). But, I'm back now and I'm planning to get involved in our online community life as quickly as possible.
The next "thank you" is for feedback that you gave for my first idea. Having thought about what you've wrote and reviewed the rest of the class proposals I've come up with two new ideas. The first idea is more local and the second one is very global. Here they are:
1. My first idea is related to the issue I'm working on at my internship project. I'm working for Language Resource Center  at Columbia university and one of our main activities is to help faculty members in US universities, in general, and language teachers in CU, in particular, to use different means of technology in their tutoring. However, as Heidi already mentioned, it's a tough task, because usually they are afraid to do it. So, I've been thinking about promoting this issue.
2. My second idea is more global, as I've already stated. One of the problems that bother me very much on personal level is an image that my country, Israel, has in the eyes of the whole world. This image is being created by different means of media and is comletely distorted compared to the real situation in the origin. I'm sure that many people in America and in the whole world have in mind a picture that is not realistic at all. Since in our world the moving power is in the hands of young people, I thought may be I can try to change this image with the help of online social software, to be, so to say, an online ambassador. 

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Wednesday, October 5th, 2005
3:51 pm - Announcement
Dear ALL,
I'm getting married this week, so I'm not sure I'll be able to comment all of your posts.
But, next week I'll be back and will delve into the community.

current mood: happy

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3:22 pm - Entrepreneurship project
I've been thinking about this project since the begining of the semester. The question that I asked myself was: What is the topic that will attract many people... Topics that I thouhgt about were not perfect.
And finally I realized, may be this question that I've been asking myself, will be a great topic.
What is the most interesting topic for today's people? May be I should cfoncentrate on the spcific community... for example, columbia university students...
What do you think, guys?

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2:41 pm - Feedback for the course
For some strange reason I couldn't upload my feedback in the course blog... So, I'm doing it here.
I'm really excited about all the new tools I've learned during the last 3 weeks. At first I was a little frustrated, because I didn't understand the interrelations between all of them. However, as the time passed, I started using the tools and got more familiar with them and now I feel absolutely comfortable using all of them. Moreover, I begin to understand hoe I can benefit from them in my everyday life.
I've started reading the books... Actually, I'm reading all of them according to my mood. I think these books are of great interest and importance for everyone living in the modern society. I'm having a great time reading them.
It's really exciting noticing how our research community is evolving. And I think that Ulises is doing a great job in supervising this course being very supportive. I heard students who take other online courses and they are absolutely frustrated and feel abandoned and not knowing what to do. I feel exactly the opposite. :)

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