In this post I will be discussing the lesson plan for using LibraryThing as an educative resource for sharing and discussing books in an online setting and preparing them for formal gatherings.
Target Audience: 18 and older crowd, well suited for a community
Materials: Computer with internet access and interest in reading books
- Create an interactive community through their joy of reading.
- Share resources, references and ideas with one another.
- Critique opinions in a constructive manner.
- Interpret themes and motifs of books.
- Discuss thoughts and feelings with valid reasons.
Procedure (steps to the process):
- Create a safe place online that can be accessed at anytime and anywhere for the members to be able to post freely.
- Start “springboards” for discussions based on book types, genre as well as a member lounge for casual conversation and a help board.
- Create parameters in which to grade or evaluate; such as logon frequency, number of posts, profile filling, length of book list, quality of contributions and etc.
- Frequently check to see participation outside of group, whether he or she is observing outside blogs, posting in other forums or talking more in social gatherings.
- Create a set time frame to track accordingly.
- Collect Data.
Social Participation/Social Learning: Social interaction takes place through the replying and commenting to one another in the book boards and also in the "Lounge" area for more casual conversations.
Making Connections: Connecting through healthy discussion and reading, members will be able to analyze discussions and generate appropriate feedback that will ultimately benefit and enrich both the online and real life community.
Create/Produce: The end should be a growing community of members with the ability to discuss books and relevant subjects while providing thoughtful and meaning feedback with possible examples or links to other resources of information.
a. Group leader/educator will post a discussion that must be answered by all the members. This will act as a formal reflection upon the users. Questions will be asked; such as:
- Do you like the process?
- What do you not like about the process?
- Will you continue to use the program?
- Is there another way you can use the program?
- Any suggestions or improvements you would like to make to the process?
Here is a video documenting the process. Here is the direct link to the video.
The project seemed to fail with the lack of community participation. I will personally continue with it to see if anything improves. Perhaps an observation past the set scope will serve me better. Other reasons why it might not have worked was the time frame, it happened during spring break and religious Easter. True within the five days maybe my expectations were too high and my aspirations were too hopeful. I didn't want this to fail, I wanted it to work and succeed. Further analysis is needed to fully label this a failure, so with lack of data this remains inconclusive and I will keep you posted if anything develops on the matter. Thank you and until next time, take care.