The Class Website
I joined the class in search of a way to enable online collaboration in a class setting. I was looking for a solution that was scalable, both public and private and had the ability to manage course and conversation workflow. Anything else was just a perk. After doing a bunch of research, and speaking with the project lead for the UNC Digital Commons Project, I decided to try buddypress. With the blessing of the class, and the aid of the Director of New Media Strategy at HASTAC, I was able to get the site up and running in time for the class to use it pre and post Drumbeat.
Of all the feedback I could have received, I think the best feedback was from members of the class who had been weary of a public class blog. All of the people became quick converts to the buddypress platform. They attributed the comfort with a stronger community feel.
The goal of this site is to tinker with the information I gathered at Drumbeat to try and find a way to create an ethnographic archive of the experience, that is augmented with links, video and imagery in a way that a flat ethnographic document could not be. I am playing with the form of the field journal here.
I guess technically, I am the lead website manager of both. I developed nothing and broke everything (everything you see is thank to push button installs).