The Affinity Book Club info
What’s this Affinity Book Club? Interested in “connected learning?” Interested in how students find their passions online? This conversation on twitter will provide insights.
What is it?
— KevinHodgson (@dogtrax) February 14, 2019
— #ConnectedLearning (@TheCLAlliance) March 1, 2019
Our team debated whether to go with affinity “space" or “network" – but ended up with network to include unbounded, diffuse, sporadic participation, and lurking enabled by the open web
— Mimi Ito (@mizuko) March 2, 2019
Questions — for the stream
What’s been discussed so far at #clmooc
We’re slow-chatting our way into the month with a look at the Affinity Online book … here is an opening question to ponder: What is an Affinity Network? #clmooc (here’s a hint link: https://t.co/s8aBnmeMks) #literacies pic.twitter.com/XfR5SGXsZb
— CLMOOC (@CLMOOC) March 1, 2019
Q2. Here’s another question to consider as part of the open invitation to crowd-read the book Affinity Online with #clmooc this month: What are some characteristics of Affinity Spaces and Networks? What makes them what they are? (It’s OK to ask a question of the question, too) pic.twitter.com/cIqnVbqSb8
— CLMOOC (@CLMOOC) March 2, 2019
Questions — arising in the stream
I suspect there is no mathematically perfect size to a group like that. But your point about small percentages of active members is certainly correct, according to all the research on online spaces. At what point is an Affinity Group too small to function, I wonder? #clmooc
— KevinHodgson (@dogtrax) March 2, 2019
#clmooc Thinking of your metaphors, is it better for an Affinity Group/Space to be smaller or larger? Does it matter? Maybe we always find our corners with fellow thinkers (does this increase the chance of an echo chamber? or does it give us confidence to explore?) https://t.co/3xmhzdfXTI
— KevinHodgson (@dogtrax) March 2, 2019
CLmooc Affinity resources have been shared in the stream.
CLmooc — where it all happens
- #clmooc – Twitter Search
- CLMOOC (@CLMOOC) | Twitter
- CLMOOC Book Club in March 2019: Affinity Online – CLMOOC
About Affinity Networks
- (26) Introducing Affinity Online: How Connection and Shared Interest Fuel Learning – YouTube
- Affinity group – Wikipedia
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- Kevin’s Meandering Mind | #CLMOOC Book Club: Affinity Online
- Groups, networks, sets, and collectives – Katherine Hinchey
- Tutor Mentor Institute, LLC: Knowledge Based Problem Solving – What is it?
- Tutor Mentor Institute, LLC: Workforce Development. Violence Prevention. Role of Business.
- Tutor Mentor Institute, LLC: Using Information to Solve Problems – a Process
- Tutor Mentor Institute, LLC: A Journey into the Past; A Hope for the Future
From Greg McVerry
What characteristics do Affinity Networks have?
In the above information and in the stream of #clmooc, you will find participants that have:
- shared interest: Connected Learning
- shared purpose: understanding and applying the connected learning pedagogy
- own time: no time constraints
- own questions: adding questions and concepts of own experiences that adds dimension for the group
- own level of participation: viewers, initiators, retweeters, repliers, questioners, collaborators [which change as opportunities and interest arise]
- a hub: [#clmooc @clmooc, CLmooc ] an online space to gather that is open and connects to other platforms
- a safe hub: a welcoming and supportive environment that allows questioning, sharing, and feedback without fear
- respect: for participants and ideas — questioning to add value; sharing resources; discussing ideas
- support: questions or issues [in this stream being busy and part-time] offered encouragement / solution
- encouragement: acknowledgement of participation, of ideas, of questions
- collaboration: participants jump in with images, connections, documents, articles as needed to continue learning and to support the group
- global connections: participants not limited by geography or language
Are these some of the characteristics of an affinity network?– an open and welcoming space in some area of interest where anyone with that interest can participate at their level and time to receive and give support to grow in their particular area of interest while encouraging others as well.
I think so.
Have you experience an Affinity Network with those characteristics?
Tell us about it at #clmooc
or in the comments below