Connecting Face-to-Face

Although CLMOOC is an open online event, we encourage you to also organize and connect with others in face-to-face ways. We’ve seen folks organize in all sorts of configurations, including adding time for educators to tour around the various spaces at an already existing event, like a workshop or an institute; via meet-ups organized specifically around doing a Make Cycle together and reflecting on the principles of Connected Learning; through self-organized Make with Me events where you make and share together and then post online to the wider community; and even face-to-face #CLMOOC Twitter chats held in open spaces with wifi like local cafes or libraries.

How you do this is up to you—and we’d love to learn what you are doing so that we can do it too!

Back-channeling from your Face-to-Face Event

Even if you are meeting face-to-face you can use online social tools to connect that event to the larger online CLMOOC community. Some ways of doing this include designating a person to provide a “back-channel” from your face-to-face event by sharing what you are doing via Twitter and the #clmooc hastag. (If Twitter is new to you make sure you also see our Getting Started with Twitter and Twitter chats guide for some assistance.) Back-channelling is a “a digital conversation that runs concurrently with a face-to-face activity” according to this Edutopia article. It can be an exciting way to open a conversation beyond the four walls of the space where a group meets in person. You can also test using a shared chat/back-channel that is not as public with a simple yet powerful tool like Today’s Meet and then share that experience with others via a blog post.

Another way to share with online social tools is to publish your agenda or shared notes as a public Google document and post a link to that document at our G+ Community and/or on Twitter. Google documents, presentations and spreadsheets have settings that you can change allowing those with a link to your document to view only, to comment only, and even to edit if that works for your group or gathering. Here is a Sharing Settings Overview from Google.

If live back-channeling or sharing live documents is hard to manage, you can simply be creative in how you document your event and then post your pictures, notes, audio/video from your event into the G+ community, tweet to #clmooc and/or write about it via your blog.