This Edit This Page was called Psyberspace so it is part of this blog.
More follows – to about October 2000
|Sunday, October 8, 2000
A new URL for my weblog.
|Sunday, September 3, 2000
I will be slowing down posting here as I use different software for linking. Of course this is no slight on edditthispage or manila software, and the ethos of weblogs around these platforms. I like to have the material on my own server with its own permanent links there.
Use the Search function here to find links here on the Psybernet website.
All links are on the Psybernet theme, even if only obliquely. Discussion of this material can be done in Psyber-L, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org — Walter Logeman Home Page
|Sunday, August 27, 2000
To join an E-Study Group, contact the name by the group title.”
Plenty of groups to explore here, the Psybernet related one is:
Host: Richard Wilkerson
“David Bunnell, Making the Cisco Connection: The Story Behind the Real Internet Superpower. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2000.
Reviewed by Derek Van Ittersum”
“APPRECIATING YOUR ORIGINALITY
with Thomas Moore
With over six billion people on the planet, it’s truly a miracle that each one of us is unique. Rather than reveling in our originality, we often stifle the things that make us different in an effort to be accepted or considered “normal.” From birth, we get the message that somehow we’re not okay just the way we are. As former monk Thomas Moore points out many of us are working overtime to “build and manufacture a sell, just as we build and manufacture the world.” Moore explores how and why we cover up who we really are and offers a vivid sense of what it means to live with passion and creativityñthrough following the lead of your authentic self. Learn to love your differences- say good-bye to what you should be and say hello to who you are.
Program 2810 broadcast during the week of 8/21 to 8/27/2000″
Online Facilitation links from Nancy White & Co
“Dates: September 18 – October 6, 2000
Online facilitation is an evolving art and expanding opportunity to empower groups to work across time and distance. Online work and interactions require facilitation skills beyond those used in face-to-face meetings. Group dynamics in the virtual environment combined with new communication technologies, create unique conditions and opportunities calling for specific techniques and an expansion of our consciousness with mindful facilitation.
This 3-week course, filled with “hands on” skills, ideas and proven processes, will provide a deep immersion into effective online facilitation. The course focuses mainly on the human elements of online interaction incorporating theory, action learning and community dialog, although we will also have discussions and explorations on current group technologies and tools.
Participants will have access to key readings and resources on online facilitation, topics personalized to class and individual interests, experimentation with different approaches and online tools, and work on self selected mini-projects to allow for an active learning experience. “
“Full Circle Associates(tm)
Full Circle is the consulting practice of Nancy White and a network of independent professionals who provide a range of services individually and collectively for clients in the community, non-profit and business sectors. Our focus is in the areas of communications, marketing, project management and the facilitation and building of online community and collaboration spaces. In collaboration with Knowise, we provide training in online facilitation. We do business in geographic and cyber-spaces.
Founded in 1997 by Nancy White, Full Circle operates with flexibility and personalized services to bring client projects full circle from conception to completion. The associates who are part of Full Circle Associates are independent contractors who come together on a case-by-case basis to meet the specific needs of our clients. We value both collaboration and independence. To keep up to date, please subscribe to our newsletter and scroll down this page to see what is new.
This site is also a repository for information on online communities, virtual facilitation and other bits and pieces!”
This link is from the item below (posted earlier)
Here is the Description of the group:
The Group Relations tradition inspired by W. R. BionÃÔ _Experiences in Groups_ and developed at the Tavistock Centre and elsewhere by, e.g., A. K. Rice, Pierre Turquet, Gordon Lawrence, Eric Miller, David Armstrong and others, has led to the regular group relations conferences throughout the world and has been very influential in the study of groups and institutions. It also plays an important role in organizational consultancy. This forum is designed to foster discussion and to provide a congenial for writings in this tradition to be available on the web.
Four links follow, the first two to groups, the other two to articles about groups.
Experiences in Groups Online
The purpose of this Web page and the related mailing list is
to explore Experiences in Groups Online.
As people spend more time online the dynamics of group
activity becomes more important.
Many opinions have been expressed about these dynamics but the amount of
actual research done is minimal.
This page and the related online channels are intended to be a basis for
exploring these dynamics.
There are many mailing lists and similar channels of
communication available online which focus on the topics related to group
interaction.These lists include Group Relations, Group Analysis, and
the ISPSO mailing list: Send the message subscribe
ispso to the address: email@example.com. Yet these lists are not sets up to be
experiential. There are some
mailing lists that are set up to be experiential, however data on them is
lacking. Experiences in Groups
Online is intended to fill this void by providing a forum to start experiential
online groups. The mailing list
itself may also be viewed as experiental.
firstname.lastname@example.org is an international forum for those interested or involved in the research, theory or practice of group analysis. It is for public exchange of knowledge and experience, offering solidarity, support and challenge for those within the group-analytic community worldwide. “
The Internet and the Large Group
by Ben Davidson BA, RMN
A paper submitted for consideration as end of first
towards a retrospective award of MSc for the IGA
Although communication via the Internet attracts
suspicion, it is more similar to other communication media than different. The
practical workings and the experience of membership of an Internet forum are
described both through some general samples of discourse and through a case
study relating to a thread of discourse in which the author was centrally
involved. The shared features of this forum and other groups are sketched,
drawing on the case study discourse and drawing parallels between the role and
function of group analyst and that of group moderator. Other features of the
forum which demonstrate some of the large group phenomena described in Kreeger’s
seminal text are also explored, challenging Foulkes’ notion that ‘it is …
doubtful whether … ideal [large group] conditions are
Communication and its
It is inhuman, some argue, how increasingly we
communicate with each other in this medium. The enhanced communication allegedly
afforded by the Internet is a sham. Behind all these people in supposed
communities in cyberspace are lonesome individuals lacking access to
relationships with real people in physical proximity. Their
resort in these circumstances and their recompense for this state of affairs is
the thrill and enchantment of extended periods before a computer screen, lost in
addiction to hi-tech wizardry. These sad souls rely on electronically created
fantasy worlds to feel they inhabit somewhere and to experience connectedness.
They do so because of deficiencies in their social world and in their
NetDynam: An Analysis of Content and Process
Harriet W. Meek, Fred Bauder, Shannah Whitney, and Robert M. Young
The internet is a wonderful place full of information on every topic imaginable. Some people are delighted by this; others are horrified.
One resource on the internet is called a mailing list. These exist in thousands of topical areas, some academic, some informational, some for support, some recreational. One subscribes and on acceptance becomes the recipient of e-mail from the list and can post messages oneself. There are lists with high traffic of 50 or 100 messages a day and others which remain inactive for months. ISPSO has a mailing list which sometimes has 10+ daily posts and sometimes is silent.
Today we going to talk about a particular internet mailing list called NetDynam, which began last October. People joined NetDynam based on the following statement . . . .
|Thursday, August 17, 2000
Interesting new stuff on John Suler’s pages.
Psychology of Cyberspace – An Online Clinical Case Study Group: “The Online Clinical Case Study Group
of the International Society for Mental Health Online
A Report from the Millennium Group
I. Origin and Purpose of the Group
Case presentations cover
the wide range of styles
and formats for online
The worlds of psychotherapy and the Internet have come together. Clinicians are encountering an increasing number of clients whose lives have been affected significantly by their activities in cyberspace. In a wide variety of styles and formats, psychotherapy also is moving onto the Internet. What are the special skills and knowledge that clinicians need in order to adapt to this intersection of cyberspace with the mental health profession?
In the months before the turn of the millennium, the International Society for Mental Health Online (ISMHO) created its Clinical Case Study Group. Organized and facilitated by John Suler and Michael Fenichel, the group is devoted to the discussion of psychotherapy cases and professional clinical encounters that involve the Internet. The creation of the group evolved out of the need for more in-depth explorations of clinical cases in which online life and interventions play an important role. There are many online groups devoted to discussions of counseling and psychotherapy in cyberspace. Usually those discussions are speculative, theoretical, and anecdotal – which often leads to a”
The Online Clinical Case Study Group of the International Society for Mental Health Online is devoted to in-depth discussions of clinical work that involves the internet. The case studies include psychotherapy conducted exclusively via the internet (e.g., e-mail, chat), f2f therapy in which the internet is used for supplemental contact with the client, f2f therapy in which the client’s activity in cyberspace is an important feature of the treatment, and interventions within online groups devoted to mental health issues. Listed below is an outline of the working hypotheses of the group. As the group continues to explore cases, this list will be revised and expanded according to the clinical data uncovered by these case studies. “
|Wednesday, August 16, 2000
APA 2000 Internet presentations and papers: “APA 2000 Internet related papers and presentations
Compiled by Storm A. King “
Much of it looks interesting and this particularly appealed to me:
5040 Symposium: Innovations in Practice – On-Line
Therapeutic Interventions and E-Therapy
Washington Convention Center, Meeting
Rooms 23 and 24
Cochairs: John M. Grohol, PsyD, Mental Health
Net, Austin, TX; and Storm A. King, MS, International Society for Mental
Health Online, Springfield, MA
Yvette Colon, MSW, Cancer Care, New York, NY. On-Line
Group Therapy: Finding Community in New Technology
John Suler, PhD, Rider University. On-Line and Off-Line
Living Entwine: A Self-Exploratory E-Mail Group
Storm A. King, MS. Internet
Virtual Therapy: Unique Advantages and Disadvantages
John M. Grohol, PsyD. E-Therapy in Practice: Improving
Client Access to Mental Health Services
|Saturday, August 12, 2000
I have been thinking lately that the *feel* we have for what cyberspace is depends on the way we view history. Just as America is what it is because of the stories we write about it. Much of that is to do with the people we associate with it. People constitiute our cultural heritage.
Who do you think of when you think of the Net? About Cyberspace, cyber culture, the psyche in cyberspace?
The people on the board of mindjack were mostly already on my list.
Found a link there to an interesting book:
|Tuesday, August 8, 2000
The Global Century – December 1999 Harland Cleveland
“We can’t know what will happen or when, but we already know why. The “information environment” is changing our thinking “
Amazon.com: Computers As Theatre by Brenda Laurel ISBN: 0201550601
I mention this link because I just read that Brenda Laurel is now working with Jacob Nielson on usability. His comments on web design here:
are interesting I think. Usability is all about how we interface, merge, with the world of abstraction, so in a way these people are exploring the Psyborg.
|Wednesday, August 2, 2000
“THE GLOBAL CENTURY
with Harland Cleveland
At the dawn of the 21st century, we’re drowning in a sea of information. How do we make sense of it all? Wisdom elder Harlan Cleveland says, “Our problem is not one of access, but one of selection.” His advice on choosing what’s relevant brings you the tools for true wisdom, not mindless data accumulation. In this unhurried, intimate conversation with the president emeritus of the World Academy of Art and Science, you’ll hear in-depth first-hand accounts of fascinating historical events and the mentors Cleveland found on the way, as well as why humankind has become the biggest factor in our own evolution. “We’re stirring the pot, making the waves, and deciding on the course of events.”
Program 2809 broadcast during the week of 7/10 to 7/16/2000″
This will only be up for a short while. Worth listening to! The bit i liked was his awareness of the impact oof the net on the psyche, though he might not have used that word.
|Sunday, July 30, 2000
|Saturday, July 29, 2000
A couple of *very* relevant links for me right now, all from the useful Asynchronous Learning Networks site:
Alan Staley, Head of Research
Niall MacKenzie, Research Fellow
Learning Methods Unit
University of Central England
Perry Barr, Birmingham, B42 2SU
This paper considers existing processes in Higher Education and the opportunity for using Asynchronous Learning Networks (ALNs) to re-design the curriculum. A curriculum model based upon experiential learning, that explicitly links theory and practice, is promoted as the basis for considering the application of technology. The Computer Supported Experiential Learning project at the University of Central England is explained, and appropriate technologies considered at each stage of the learning cycle. Fundamental to this paper is the view that technology should be used to add value to the learning process, and not to simply automate existing processes. The opportunities for experiential learning to take place are considered a priority in the curriculum design process, and the starting point in deciding upon the use of technology.
Catherine C. Schifter
This case presents and compares the top five motivating and inhibiting factors for faculty participation in Asynchronous Learning Networks (ANL) or distance education (DE) as reported by faculty participators and non-participators, and administrators. While faculty and administrators agreed strongly on what inhibits faculty from participating in ALN/DE programs, there were significantly different perceptions on what motivates faculty to participate across the three groups. For ALN/DE programs to succeed, faculty participation is imperative; therefore, program administrators need to understand why faculty participate.”
A guideline I wrote as part of a process of educating participants in online groups, here is an excerpt:
= Six Principles for Participating in Online Groups =
Making a Group Lively, Enjoyable and Useful
Version 1.00 June 2000
1. Be present in the group.
2. Foster group identity.
3. Develop a relationship with each of the members.
4. Make posts easy to read.
5. Work towards achieving the group’s purpose.
6. Enhance the knowledge base.
Each of these principles has associated social and technical competencies. Some of the points are especially relevant if you are an owner, moderator, host or facilitator of the group, however leadership from participants can be helpful if it complements the work of those in formal leadership roles.
Moderating, Hosting and Instructing
The hosting and facilitating of online groups is central to Psybernet. Learning, practicing and training the roles involved is occupying my mind right now as I am working in this area professionally with an online learning project. Here are some links I have been exploring:
In this article I found this:
It is not clear in Beaudin’s study how one fosters “ownership” of learning without being “manipulative or controlling.” The author suggests, however, that the key to this balancing act of human interactions is a responsive moderator. And the moderator, Beaudin also notes, does not need to be the instructor. He asserts that the role of the moderator and the guidelines within which this figure will operate must be part of the pre-course design and clearly understood by student participants.
And have followed up by looking at the study:
The online instructor is key to organizing interaction and Hiltz  suggests from her research that having a responsive moderator is key. The instructor does not necessarily need to be the moderator and Driscoll  suggests that participants can be assigned the task. Driscoll suggests that the instructor weigh the benefits and risks of a moderated listserv.
The referenced studies are not hyperlinked, however a couple of others which seem useful are:
They don’t give away much online though! What does that say?
Last update: Sunday, October 8, 2000 at 4:50:28 AM.