I have implemented Three basic CNL formats successfully. Each of the formats has its own unigue challenges and appropriateness.
- All Electronic in which participants accomplish
their learning and co-creation of knowledge all on-line in any
virtual meeting "space." The electronic digial, mediated form could be text-based, audio or video collaboration or any mix of media. Regular audio and video conferences for sharing ideas,debriefing and developing strategies are also common examples of
this form of collaboration.
- Before or After an in-person group meeting, such as the
electronic pre- meeting or organization. Before a face-to-face
meeting, electronic interactions provide an opportunity
for all participants to review and share basic background
content prior to real-time interaction. After an in-
person meeting, the group can continue the interaction
and address new issues as they occur.
- Mixed mode in which participants meet together in person
or listen to broadcast video in conjunction with
interacting on-line. A "blended" or "hybrid" group
provides collaborators an opportunity to interact
with each other between face-to-face meetings. Mixed-mode formats
often integrate, video broadcasts,text based materials, networked collaboration with co-located meetings.