In spite of our massiveness, we here at #clmooc know that powerful learning often happens in small communities. In each make cycle, we invite you to cluster and group according to interests, affinities, or connections you make in the course of this learning. If you have an idea for a collaboration and would like to form a group, please use #clmooc to promote your idea and invite folks to join you. Below are some ideas for how you might use the social tools in #clmooc for your grouping and learning purposes.
Grouping and Collaborating with Twitter
Conferences and weekly chats are organized with hashtags. When a group agrees to a hashtag- #clmooc for this community- we can quickly identify tweets directed for this collaboration. To organize a smaller group inside #clmooc in Twitter, simply decide on a second hashtag to work in combination with #clmooc.
Using a Combination of Hashtags
If I wanted to create a group on #clmooc interested in using the video game Minecraft in education, I could propose using two hashtags together, like #clmooc and #minecraft. I could spread the word to my group on a blog post, in the G+ community and also on Twitter. Anyone tweeting with both hashtags #clmooc and #minecraft would be labeling their tweets so that group members searching for this combination of hashtags would see the tweets for our smaller subsection of #clmooc.
Host your own Twitter Chat
If the group you are working with has a little energy behind it and your combination of hashtags gets some traffic, you may want to host your own Twitter chat. Here’s Mashable’s guide to hosting a chat on Twitter. Good luck!
Grouping and Collaborating with G+
Another option for collaborating with a small group of participants within #clmooc is to form a Google+ Community for your group. You would want to use the communication channels in #clmooc to share information about your community.
Once your community is up and running with a few engaged members, you can post information relevant to your community in that community. Remember to crosspost what you share, meaning you will want to post information to both the #clmooc G+ community and your new community. Here’s Mashable’s Google + Communities, a Beginner’s Guide, which includes a detailed support for creating communities.
Grouping and Collaborating with Google Hangouts
This might be the simplest of all ways to collaborate. Schedule a hangout, invite interested folks to attend, share and talk, then set manage your invites to make the hangout public or invite only. This video tutorial will help you fire up the hangout.
If you’ve tried using the support provided here and you still can’t find the information you need, email Chad Sansing, one of our facilitators, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Chad rescues virtual cats out of Internet trees in his spare time. He can help.