Content and Community

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I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the role of content in a learning community recently and as a thought piece I’ve come up with a diagram that I think is at least interesting and hopefully helpful.

I would love any and all advice on whether this diagram is effective as is, what should be changed, added or removed to make my point

I want to represent the diversity of content and activities that can be used by a community to create content and drive learning throughout the community. Furthermore, to truly move a community of professionals requires a wide spectrum of experiences that as they grow in sophistication can gradually lift the community to higher levels of activity and growth.

In this diagram, I’m trying to represent that content is multi-dimensional and varies in character (the five vertical lines along the horizontal axis) and complexity which is represented by the positioning of content and activities from bottom to top).

Not only is there a multitude across a wide spectrum of options that can be utilized by a community to learn, but these options are often interrelated.  I’ve thought about drawing connecting lines between items, but I think that would be far to cluttered.  I’m hoping that proximity to each other will lead to this understanding of connection. 

Ultimately, I hope to drive the idea that the best approach to moving a community of learners forward is to encourage a wide range of activities that touch on multiple dimensions of interactions gradually building capability and competency that drives the communities health and growth.

PLEASE SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS IN COMMENTS BELOW

What do you think? Good, bad, neutral? Am I achieving my objectives with this diagram? Does it resonate with you?


One comment

  1. Hey Dave, great job on the diagram! The way you have designed the layout really makes the idea of different dimensions each with a varying level of complexity very clear! I am having a bit of difficulty wrapping my head around what you mean by “a multitude across a wide spectrum of options that can be utilized by a community to learn, but these options are often interrelated”. Maybe you can clear it up for me?

    I think the diagram could be used as a reference for anyone involved in community development or community driven projects. In such a case, there are a lot of dimensions to keep in mind, and a quick reference like this is useful. Thank you!

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