Widgets for Building Conversations and Community

Beth Kanter has published a really excellent 17 minute tutorial on what widgets are, how they enhance interaction and participation in blogs and other sharing platforms, and most important of all, giving screen by screen demonstrations of how to install and configure them. Here’s a quote:

“Think of widgets as bridges. They can extend your content and amplify conversations. They are easy to install… and most of them are free. However, to be effective you must deploy them strategically and match them with your content and audience.”

It comes with a resource sheet with lots of links as well, so this is really one of the most practical KM-related tutorials I’ve seen in a long time.

Beth’s post also happens to be an excellent example of simple, straightforward and very powerful elearning design. It’s informal, direct, and well supported by links and other places to go to follow up. A great example of a craftswoman making her craft visible.

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I think screencasts are great knowledge capture/sharing tools. 
I just created a primer about screencasts and included some example of how they can be used for knowledge sharing

Posted on March 24, 2007 at 05:00 AM | Comment permalink

Thank you for this pointer - yet again something I can add to our portfolio of tools for building communities

Posted on March 24, 2007 at 04:02 PM | Comment permalink

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