We are having a problem in that the number of people who are using the OpenLearn forums and making postings is rather limited. It is felt that the reasons for this may be:
- there are too many forums
- the forums are often too deeply embedded
- people may not be encouraged to enter the forum
Ideas discussed include making it look like there is just one forum, but with many threads, reducing the total number of forums so that there are a few key ones, centred around discipline areas for example.
Maybe forums are not the answer....learning journals can represent thought collection. What can we use the learning journals to do...encourage the idea of thought collections...personal learning journals.
They are personal, but you can get your journals so that they are viewable to everyone. It would be interesting to find out how many people are using the journal.
Discussed the need to make it easy to find the forums.