1. THE INTERNET COMMUNITIES
There are many communities gathered on the Internet
around specific interests and values, sharing and exchanging ideas
and resources. How are these communities organized? How useful
are they for their members? Is membership in the Internet community
a way of socializing or does it mean growing apart? Various tools
and services are used to enable these virtual communities from
simple IRC channels, and chat-forums to sophisticated multimedia-based
virtual worlds. We would like to hear your experiences and opinions
about the actual tools and services in use.
AND COLLABORATION: TRADITIONAL vs. MULTIMEDIA
As we are moving towards the Information Age,
traditional ways of communication and collaboration over the Internet
are being replaced by multimedia. Not so long ago, e-mail represented
a revolution. Today, we are processing and exchanging information
in completely new ways. We are facing multimedia tools that enable
us to watch TV over the Internet, download audio and video materials,
and have meetings via Internet. We have ability to co-operate
globally, at amazing levels, regardless of boundaries and distances.
What are the benefits? Are there any drawbacks? How can we use
multimedia to improve the way of our communication and collaborate
over the Internet? Can audio/video conferencing substitute face-to-face
IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
Communication and collaboration between students
and teachers is an important part of any kind of education. In
distance education it becomes even more important. From the very
beginning, in the production of on-line materials authors should
collaborate with technology experts to find the right way of using
the Internet technologies. Furthermore, the key factor of success
in distance education is to ensure communication and collaboration
both inside the students' group as well as between students and
teachers. Are we satisfied with the existing concepts and tools?
How can we improve the quality of distance education delivery?
We are keen to learn about your experiences and results. What
are the problems? How can we collaborate on-line by sharing educational
materials and programs all over the world?
4. WEB AS A COLLABORATION
"The power of the Web is in its universality."
(Tim Berners-Lee). Web enables communication between authors and
readers. It is common thing to communicate and collaborate via
Web pages. Web-based collaboration tools are designed to help
people work together more effectively by simplifying information
sharing and communication. How can we use full potential of Web
as a tool for communication and collaboration? Are we satisfied
with the existing tools? Can we identify good and bad examples?
Let's share our experiences and opinions. Should we integrate
all the Internet services under one umbrella - the Web?