This is my response to Jenny’s What Makes a Post Valuable. Jenny writes:
For me, the post has to resonate with my own experience in some way. It has to make a connection, either to my understanding and experience of the subject or in a social capacity. This initial connection makes the post meaningful and makes me read on.
Deciding whether a post is valuable or not is slightly different. I have to relate the post to my own context, experience and needs and determine whether the post will have an effect on any of these. As a tutor online I try to connect with my student. To do this I try to find out as much as I can about them so that I can connect with them on a personal level and post something that resonates with their experience and is meaningful. I think this initial relationship building can help successive posts to become more meaningful and hopefully valuable.
May I refer to my previous posts on Parallel Thinking – the 6 hats in blog discussion and Transformational Thinking – the additional hats in thinking in my interpretation of transformational thinking behind blogging, or on-line discussion over the network?
Here is the suggested model based on 8 hats:
1. Whenever we read a post in a blog or microblog, we might be looking for information (white hat). We may ask questions on “What information is available from this blog?”, and “What information is missing?”, “What information is based on facts, beliefs or opinions etc.?” (white and black hats) etc.
2. Then when we found some relevance or resonance with our experience, we will continue to critically ask if the information presented is meaningful or not (black hat).
3. We then find out more information from our learner or blogger by retrieving and searching backgrounds of the learner or the blogger via the introduction to blog, previous blogs or URL links (white hat again).
4. We may further reflect on the experience ourselves and see how our experiences could echo with that of the learner or blogger, or if there are new experiences that could be acquired. This relates to the whole thinking, reflection process (blue hat)
5. We will then respond to questions or leave comments, suggest modifications, or provide advice (green hat). We will also formulate the comments and response in message that the learner or blogger could comprehend. We will also try to use creative thinking in the process. This could include using innovative responses (e.g. a video or graphic response or a referral to such media) (green hat).
6 And if the comment is received with “acknowledgement” by the learner/blogger, then it may turn up to be meaningful and valuable one (yellow hat) from their perspectives. These may be validated through their responses or feedback to the educator/reader.
7. Throughout these reading/reflection/response processes, we (the educator/blogger) may have thought about the intention and identity of the learner/blogger (purple hat) and check whether the post contains unique concepts that relate to the learner.
8. As an educator, one could further inspire the learner/blogger through the use of media (videos, pictures, slides, music or songs, lyrics, poems, story) that will transmit our emotions or remarks of an emotional nature – likes or dislikes, love or hatred in our response post or comments left on the learners’ post (red hat).
9. These responses will assist in connecting ourselves with the other bloggers /learners with the nature or our spirits (colourless or transparent hat).
The above metaphors of hats may not happen in a linear fashion, and there could be loops and shortcuts when the educator and learner have established further connections with each other. Further validation of this model via research (surveys, interviews, and discussions) is required.
How about a concept or mind map on the above?
How do these sound to you?