I am not one of those who go on the web and overload myself with information. I browse the web, skim articles and find ones that relate directly, before I spend more time. Also I have learned to compartmentalise my time. This is how I reduce stress and stay focused, and why knowing due dates and assignment expectations early on are important to me.
Where I encountered information overload was when I tried to do our assigned readings online. This is a skill, I feel, one needs to learn and I am working to develop this.
In looking to online communication overload, I have enjoyed our time on Collaborate, however when first introduced to this aspect of our course work, in particular time required, I felt overwhelmed. Throughout I have seen how valuable this tool has been for development of teacher presence, student presence and
led to the development of our cohort community.
I learned about true online communication overload yesterday at work. There was an issue that we were all dealing with. Emails were sent back and forth between all staff members, even though only a few people were working to solve the problem. I realized, as I went to send another email, that communicating this way was not productive. One co-worker finally sent out an email asking that the communication stop, until
the issue was resolved. She along with others later shared that it was just too much information.
Karen Kear talked about overload in relation to discussion forums, this I have not felt. But I understand what she is referring to. During this last week, I am embarrassed to admit, I just came to the realization how threading works effectively to group specific topics in one discussion forum.
I look forward to further discussion relating to online and social networking communities.
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