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Over the past year, there has been a lot of interaction building around a group of instructional design and education technology staff who have gotten to know each other and have begun working together through the use of tools like blogs, wikis, podcasts, Twitter, campus events, and informal face to face gatherings. At a meeting on Friday, someone brought up the point that she didn't know that most of this was happening and thought that she might need an invitation to join in. So the point of this note is to let everyone know that this is happening and that it's happening in the open -- meaning that no invitation is required.
If you're interested in participating, I recommend reading about the various "Community Engagement Opportunities"
A good way to get your feet wet is by attending one of the Brainstorming Breakfasts in the basement of Irving's Bagels (College Ave) at 9:00 on Fridays. This meeting is informal and covers topics including big-picture instructional design issues, the latest social computing widgets, new "ventures and vexations", finding time for professional development, creating community, online student support, etc...
And if you want to feel really connected, Twitter seems to be the best way. The Twitter user names of most of the people who regularly participate in these kinds of events are listed at the following URL. If you want other people to follow your updates, join Twitter (twitter.com) and add your name to the list in the wiki.
I ask for your participating through one or more of these opportunities now, so that by the end of the summer, we can all meet at the Learning Design Summer Camp (tentatively August 12 and 13) and have a meaningful conversation about how all of this affects big issues: teaching, learning, student outcomes, community, openness, privacy, intellectual property, etc...