Jason Nolan Scholar in Resident at the Knowledge Media Design Institute at U of T and Senior Fellow McLuhan Program in culture and tech came in to the Sheridan Interactive Multimedia labs to talk about Online communities taking learners through the spectrum of communication including Chats, Muds, Moos, Wikis, Blogs, Messaging and more. http://jasonnolan.net/archives/003633.html
It was certainly apparent to the learners the important role that communities and experiments in community software plays in our world. An example of the importance in pioneering these technologies can be seen in their world wide use (http://en.wikipedia.org/, http://www.blogger.com) as well as business successes such as Pavel Curtis founding LambdaMOO at XeroxParc http://lambda.moo.mud.org and starting Placeware which was bought by Microsoft (summer 2003) and marketed as LiveMeeting.
Learners saw direct relationship to the Sheridan Interactive Multimedia program as it encourages our designer/developers to build environments in which people can make their own content rather than just view presentations.
McLuhan Tetrads for Online Communities were prepared by learners based on the talk and on in-class research and presentations. The Tetrads are available at: http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca/tetrads/community.html. Learners analyzed what the technology enhances, makes obsolete, retrieves and flips into. The lecture / lab experience is part of the Sheridan Multimedia Pioneering course where a new technologies with respect to Interactive Multimedia are examined and working samples are explored. The technologies are: