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How shall we shape this community together?

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There are many smaller and bigger issues that we could request updates on in regards to implementing this community software, but I think right now the more interesting question for me is: how shall we shape this community together, regardless of technicalities and feature requests.

Do we want university partners and learners to interact? Do we want learners across courses to interact? Do we want learners across borders to interact? How can we make that possible? What habits do we need to foster? How shall we interpret "constructive criticism"? What is the role of teaching staff? Do we mingle and interact here as well? Stick to our own forums?

Coming from one of the more community focused university partners, Leiden University, I look forward to hearing from you what role you see for the teachers and their staff in this community. Do you want us to stay out of it? Or join in? Should universities seek feedback here? Or only listen and observe?

Kind Regards,

Community Manager Leiden University

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We have been told that Claire is looking forward to seeing teaching staff and instructors to participate.
There will be areas for all the ‘domains ‘ of the courses in the catalog. So, like Data Science and Betatesting now, also Science, Humanities etc.
For everyone on Coursera to interact and find people who share interests
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Thank you@Lochcarron . Good to hear what @Claire thinks, but I'm a firm believer in the fact the users make the community, so I would really invite all participants here to voice what they expect of us (or not). What are the explicite and not so explicite expecations for this space?
I am really waiting to the moment people from science courses get here, and then see what sort of connections I can make. Would love it if there are going to be experts.
It will be a while yet before all the domains will have their place here.
@TanjadeBie , what will make this community so special and unique will be to have all facets of Coursera people here, from Instructors to technicians to learners , Mentors, Translators, Beta Testers, etc.
We will be able to hear from all sides when we have discussions. For example, if we are discussing assessments, a learner might have a different opinion than an Instructor. A Beta Tester might have discovered quiz that is more effective , or perhaps a certain kind of video. Translators could tell us where people often have issues with English. It sounds idealistic but potentially, by thinking together, we can help create better experiences for everyone.
Great topic! The presence of Course Instructors on Coursera's forums on the Old Platform was highly encouraging. It would keep learners engaged and motivated. I know that this is not possible on the New Platform due to the endlessness of sessions. Now that they have removed the concept of "session", maybe I should say the endless availability of courses. If they consider posting in these subject forums at least from time to time, it could create a lot of interest in the topic.
What I am hoping is that this new platform will allow those who have wanted to connect with their peers and form study groups to more easily be able to do so. When I was mentoring the Creative Writing class, where I started my mentoring career, I would get frequent requests from learners who wanted to form small groups to critique each others work and wanted to know how to do so without giving out personal contact details. I am hoping such interested parties will be able to connect with each other here, I am actually seeing it as one of the good possibilities of this community and one of the good uses the messaging function could be put work in service of.
I am interested to see if any science oriented people will arrive at some point
@Lochcarron Indeed, Scotty. And Arts and Humanities and Social Science people, as well. It is a somewhat exclusive club as of yet.


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