Online communication platform
One specific project deliverable is to investigate the idea of an internet-based communication platform for OLT Institutional Contact Officers (ICOs) in Australia and key institutional officers in New Zealand. This community-of-practice initiative will enable administrative and scholarly communication around tertiary learning and teaching grants. The online questionnaire sought information from respondents about the idea.
Seventy-three per cent of the 41 respondents said they would be interested in using this communication platform as a way to participate more fully in a community of practice around the development of OLT grant applications and related activities, processes and resources. Google Hangouts and LinkedIn were the most preferred platforms with 41% and 54% of respondents respectively indicating a preference for these options. The other options presented were Trello (13%), Facebook (11%) and Twitter (2%),
Research participants were asked if it would be an impediment if the communication platform required them to sign up for a free account, for example, Facebook or Google Hangouts. Fifty-four per cent of respondents indicated ‘No impediment’ while 19 per cent said ‘Yes’. Twenty-seven per cent were ‘Uncertain’.
Nineteen participants said the platform would be good for Q&A and Sharing Resources, e.g. exemplars of successful applications, annotated applications, short video vignettes explaining intention of grants and notification of online updates, check sheets and common errors. Eighteen participants said the platform would be good for Discussion, e.g. asynchronous, around awards and grants, plus FAQs.
Other uses for the communication platform were listed as:
- Calendar of events
- OLT input – advice, resources
- Sharing of information about possible projects
- Themed posts
- Forums/queries for when people have issues associated with developing policies or processes.
- Seeking advice
- Opportunity to arrange face-to-face meetings/workshops
- Updates and News from the OLT
- A problem page / forum
- Research into grants and their impact on institutional cultures/sector in the community of practice
- Synchronous discussion
Consequently, a draft site has been set up in Google hangouts. You will need to have a Google account to participate in the site.