About Community

Welcome to the NAIS 2015 Annual Conference Community

The NAIS AC 2015 online conference community will serve as a virtual location where participants can enter into dialogue prior to meeting in Boston and continue their conversations beyond the final words of the closing session.

This year’s community is woven from the fabric of today’s social web and includes some NEW FEATURES that we hope will help you easily engage in dialogue.

It is our hope that you will take this unique opportunity to personally experience this form of communication and join in a dialogue around topics from this year’s conference. But first a few things you need to know…

Things to know…
1. The online Annual Conference community does NOT replace existing communities (i.e. NAIS Connect Communities, ISED LIst, Independent School Ning etc.). Rather, the Annual Conference Online Community provides a focused conversation centered on a specific group of individuals, topics, and a shared moment in time. Therefore, the expected active life of this community is approximately 2 to 3 months. While the community will not go away after that time, it is likely that these conversations will eventually filter back to locations where you have established roots. The advantage of this space is that it is focused around an event and its participants. Additionally, it will create a artifact that will live on beyond this year’s event.

  1. While the community conversations will eventually wane, the information and conversations will remain on the web as a digital artifact for years to come. This makes the AC 2015 Online Community a permanent resource for anyone who is interested in independent school education. We will all leave behind our digital footprints as we participate in this adventure. The size of your footprint will depend on your level of participation. You can view some of the past communities in the AC Community Archive.
  2. Since this community has a temporal and topical focus, it is our hope that you will take advantage of this unique opportunity to engage in new and dynamic ways using many of today’s communication and collaborative tools freely available on the web.
  3. There are many ways you can participate in the online community. We hope that you will take the opportunity to explore this community and engage in this unique experience by participating on as many levels as you can. There should be a place for everyone to join the conversation within his or her own comfort zone. However, we only grow when we stretch this zone. Like Vygotsky’sZone of Proximal Development (ZPD), maximal learning will take place when we operate at the edge of what we know. We encourage you to give yourself a little challenge for the next few months.
  4. The community will feature special online interactions where you will have the opportunity to interact with others in real time (synchronous) as well as virtual time (asynchronous).
  5. The 2015 Annual Conference Online Community is a dynamic, fluid space. Therefore, you will likely see additional features appear over its life providing other opportunities to interact creating an even richer experience to all who join the conversation.

We look forward to this year’s conversations and hope to see everyone online and in Orlando. For questions regarding this community, please contact naisac15@gmail.com.

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