As described in our recent newsletter , we are launching our first structured collaboration problem today. This email describes:
- Getting Started
- What Phase 1 entails
- Extra Support
- How to provide feedback and help in the beta test
- What else is going to happen
Login to www.cminds-members.net and you will find an additional button on the top row, called “Our problems”. Click to open a list of our problems — presently the singular “School Decision Making” appears. Click on the name to open and respond to the problem.
What Phase 1 entails
This first phase of the work focuses on understanding the problem and clarifying your understanding of it. We want to be sure that we are all working on the same thing. This phase helps us avoid mis-communicating and thinking we are all talking about the same thing when we aren’t. That’s why we have provided a variety of descriptions to help you start your work in this phase. You can:
- Watch a video by the problem owner, Matthew Joseph, describing the problem,
- Read more details of Matthew’s experience with the problem, and
- Review some background articles that some team members thought might be useful to put Matthew’s situation in context.
We also ask you to respond to a few questions, in light of what you have come to understand.
The right technology for the job
People have all kinds of devices making it impossible for us to design and format the site to be easily viewed on all devices. The site works best on devices with a reasonable screen sizes and which do not rely on touchscreens. The Cminds site architecture doesn’t work well with touchscreens, or with very small screens. You’ll have a much easier time on a laptop or a desktop.
Similarly, the best browsers for our site are Chrome and Firefox. If you use these browsers everything important should work easily. These browsers are available free online and are used by over 1 billion people; they can be installed on PC-style machines and also on Macs. If you prefer other browsers (e.g. Safari, Opera,Internet Explorer, etc.) you are free to try it, but we are not making any promises!
Some members prefer learning by doing, and that’s fine. Our onsite instructions may be enough for you. For others, we created a step by step detailed Phase 1 Guide, that includes instructions paired with screen shots to assure you that you are on the right path.
In addition, our regular schedule of virtual office hours will continue via Zoom on Mondays and Tuesdays. You can connect using this information.
Mondays: Central Daylight Time (GMT -5)
Tuesdays: Central Daylight Time (GMT -5)
(To connect to Office Hours, go to https://zoom.us/j/6642199931
Alternatively use this link https://zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 664 219 9931 or call +1 (415) 762-9988 and enter the meeting ID).
You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a question and I’ll try to answer it.
How to provide feedback
This is a Beta Test and we know there are things we didn’t fully anticipate and hope you will help guide us with your feedback. We created several options to make it easy for you to contribute feedback of various kinds.
|Kind of feedback||How to do it|
|When something you doesn’t work right technically, is confusing, or seems to be missing.||Click the yellow feedback button located on the lower right of every page. A popup window opens and you can enter and send us your message. It will automatically tell us where in the site you are when you send the message and the browser you are using.|
|Reflective thoughts about the process. We know that many things can be improved in future versions. We’d like to hear about them.
We are particularly interested in thoughts about your problem-solving experience and the community member experience. Imagine if everything we have designed worked smoothly and easily (we know that right now it won’t),
|There’s a community group called Beta Testers. You can start a discussion thread there, and respond to other discussions too.
You can also send us your thoughts individually. Generally though, we prefer you post comments on the site, which allows other members to respond too and builds on our experience working together. However, if you’d like to send your thoughts privately, we welcome them.
|Anything else||You can contact us, or start a discussion on the site. Anyone can create a new community group, if that’s what seems appropriate|
What else is going to happen
We will respond to all your feedback as quickly as we can. Issues that can be resolved with fixes that are not too complicated will be addressed quickly. Other good ideas might be harder to implement, and that may mean we can only take them under advisement for now.
We are open to your suggestions related to adjusting how the community, the problem-solving, and software works. We appreciate all of your thoughts and ideas.
Thanks for participating and we look forward to your ongoing comments, reactions and insights.