Onsite participant projects - Different projects will have different needs and desires for communication with online participants. Some will want feedback or information about resources for their projects, while others may wish to recruit collaborators. Onsite participants should put a note about the kind of communication and involvement they want on their project pages.
Online participant projects - Some of the online participants have pages of their own on which they are working and would like feedback and collaborators. This information is either found on the online participant's page or in posted messages in the institute discussion group that ideally begin with keywords such as "Feedback Desired:" or "Collaborators Wanted:".
Content Topics - During the institute there are a few "content" topics that we plan to discuss and other topics may emerge during the course of the week. In part this is an opportunity for the Math Forum to raise questions and get help thinking about critical elements of our work. We will attempt to post pages beforehand outlining the discussion (follow the links from the agenda. We encourage online participants to read these ahead of time and post questions and comments to the corresponding thread in the institute discussion group that we can carry into our onsite discussion. Where possible we will also run live chat sessions on TappedIn to enable online participants to join in. Topics include:
Summaries will be posted at the end of each session on the institute discussion group (perhaps culled from the TappedIn log).
- Finding and Integrating Internet Resources
- Developing Effective Online Units/Materials/Projects
- Building Online Community
Technical Topics - Throughout the week we will be introducing various tools that may help us develop more interactive units or present mathematics more effectively. There will likely be little online communication during these sessions but the instructions and notes will be posted on the corresponding pages linked from the agenda. We will initiate threads in the institute discussion group and it is our hope that online participants will share their expertise and questions.
Each morning we have a scheduled period for onsite participants to check mail and catch up with online participants. During the sessions the communication will take place as described above. Project time in the afternoon and evenings is another period where participants will be communicating with online participants as indicated on their project pages. Forum staff will attempt to monitor the institutes' discussion group throughout and facilitate connections between online and onsite participants.
geometry-institutes: public discussion of topics covered on the agenda.
email/personal discussion groups: discussion with project developers. If project developers wish (either onsite or online participants), we can establish discussion groups on the web for these conversations to keep them organized and make it easier for others to join in.
firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org are lists that mail to the indicated groups, with the last being everybody.
TappedIn: a multi-user, real-time chat and guided tour environment where online participants can follow discussions of our "Content" topics as described above. Participants can also arrange with each other to hold chats at any time on their projects or other topics.
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