80:20 for e-moderators

Salmon, Gilly (2007) 80:20 for e-moderators. cms-journal (29). pp. 39-43.


Around the millennium, I published my book, E-moderating (Salmon, 2000). Soon after, with a colleague, David Shepherd, we started to offer online courses for any teacher, tutor, facilitator or group leader who wished to experience and explore the skills needed in the virtual environment for him or herself (see www.atimod.com). Then I wrote about designing for online groupwork (Salmon, 2002), aimed at a similar audience, and we began a short online ‘E-tivities course’. The 2nd edition of E-moderating (Salmon, 2004) was then updated, as e-moderators everywhere tried out the ideas and let me know how it was going.
To my astonishment, by 2006 more than one thousand people had taken part in online e-moderating courses and more than 20,000 have bought and apparently read and used the books. Many people used the medium itself to give feedback and comments to David and me on how they’ve adapted and applied the ideas on designing for participation and intervening for learning in low cost, online and asynchronous group environment and their special contexts. At every eLearning conference, I found commentary and exploration reported.
On review and reflection from all the feedback, I realised that the 80:20 rule applies to e-moderating. The 80:20 principle suggests that there may be an inherent imbalance between cause and effect, effort and reward, inputs and outputs and that imbalance tends to the ratio of 80:20. The 80:20 principle is a very simple approximation of the value of work, but it seems to hold true pretty often for us. So, I began to ask my correspondents and visitors: 'do you know which 20% of our e-moderating work produces 80% of the results?' What follows is a summary of many ideas based on those years of feedback.

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Additional Information: This article appears by courtesy of Gilly Salmon and is taken from: Mac Labrahinn, I.; McDonald Legg, C.; Schneckenberg, D.;Wild, J.: The challenge of eCompetence in Academic Staff Development. Galway: CELT, 2006. www.ecompetence.info
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute (8 Dec 2010 - 6 Jul 2016)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute (8 Dec 2010 - 6 Jul 2016)
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2011 05:14
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: educational technology; higher education; training teachers
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080703 Human Information Behaviour
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080505 Web Technologies (excl. Web Search)
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4610 Library and information studies > 461002 Human information behaviour
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4606 Distributed computing and systems software > 460612 Service oriented computing
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18851

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