Claudine Keenan, In a chapter in Technology Tools on
Today's Campuses, the precursor of The Technology Source, Claudia Keenan demonstrates argues that MOOs [spell out
acronym in first reference] provide educators with an inexpensive space
for online collaboration (/projects/monograph/CD).
Students can use a MOO to discuss class projects with one another, to chat with students
and teachers at other schools, and to access specialists who happen to be logged on to a
MOO. Truly, We [to whom does "we"
refer? Educators?] are only beginning to realize the potential of
MOOs, and we [who?] are thrilled by the new
opportunities for collaboration that MOOs present allow
(at a price most universities can easily support
At the University of South Florida (USF), for example, we [teachers? students? teachers and students?] have
used MOOs to interview authors of course texts, to facilitate the
co-authoring of assignments, to respond online to course reading, to collaborate on lesson
plans, and to reconstruct in a textual space central course concepts (http://www.lib.usf.edu/~ifrank/jax98.html).
Charla Bauer, one of the instructors in our learning community program, has used MOOs to
facilitate pedagogical discussions among college students and elementary school students (http://chuma.usf.edu/~cbauer/objective.htm).
[should be html at the end of this address? Between
rather than "among"? Yes if college students is considered one GROUP and
elementary students another.]
want to invite readers of The Technology Source
to experience the value of MOOs by joining us [who?]
on Wednesday, February 3, 1999, at 4:00 p.m. EST for a general discussion about our
upcoming national conference: Creating and Sustaining Learning Communities (http://www.usf.edu/~lc/conf). We will focus
Our discussion will focus on the topics listed in the conference agenda and on ways of
establishing fertile online learning
communities via chat rooms, Web forums, and
listserves. to create fertile learning communities During our MOO, we
will explore how we [meaning educators?] can
facilitate the development
of online learning communities.
entering and using our MOO space, see http://www.cas.usf.edu/~moxley/lc.
If February 3 is inconvenient, check our Web site for additional upcoming
MOOs which we expect plan to
sponsor as the time for before our
national conference in Tampa this coming March. draws near
We hope that you'll join us so that we can explore together not only how
to establish more effective communities--communities that help us make connections with
one another--not only on our campuses, but also online. and across space borders
[I made some changes in the placement of clauses here --
does this still convey what you wanted to say?]
By the way, The Horizon Web site is a co-sponsor of
the conference and will publish the presentations by conference keynote speakers [can there be more than one "keynote" speaker?],
workshop leaders, and some 80 [spell out?] presenters