#CFHE12 #Oped12 What would be the future of virtual or online communities?

Benjamin Stewart remarks on Google plus: As I see the tons of Google+ Communities emerge, many related to similar subjects, I wonder which ones will remain and which ones will fade away…

This scenario seems to be a repetition of what happened before: with Ning, Facebook, and Google Groups. A typical life-cycle of introduction, growth and development, maturity and obsolescence is a typical pattern with such emergent group-network mix.

Which communities would remain? Wouldn’t that be an interesting subject to explore?

For some people who have experience in MOOCs, they would likely be the “early innovators” creating their own MOOCs or SOOCs, or communities in their space.  As I shared in my posts, people are morphing along in their own trajectory of learning and exploration, and so those communities which are “most accommodating” to their changing needs and expectations would flourish.  Such communities would also need to attract novices in order to thrive.  Would the pattern of 1-9-90 (where 1% would become vibrant communities, and 9 % very active – active communities, with 90% having inactive communities) emerge?

Image: from GoogleProduct Life Cycle R0505E_A

John

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