On Friday I got back from a four-day trip to Beirut where I was working with a large teaching organisation that operates in the area. I went to talk to them about virtual learning platforms, community platforms and to help them plan their forthcoming teacher and learning platform.
I do a lot of this kind of work over the year - you'll have read elsewhere about the projects in South-East Asia and Russia - and each community is a little different from the last. They usually have much in common, but it's the specifics of each community of teachers that give each community they're own look and feel - and their greater usefulness to the users
So I've been wondering what the most desirable features are for each community and I wondered if you could help me out and share your thoughts. I know you all like this community, since you're all members - but what general features of a community are the most useful for teachers? Is it resources like lesson plans, handouts, etc., or social elements such as forums, discussions...
And by the way, if you ever get a chance to go to Beirut, I would jump at it - beautiful city, great people, delicious food and wine and a really nice feel when you wander around...
I look forward to hearing from you.
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