Updated: Apr 26
The Basics of Creating Community in a Virtual Cassroom:
There are many free and paid technology options for starting an online community. While choosing software it is important to consider: 1) ease of use rather than just a feature checklist, 2) access to data, and 3) compliance with the regulations and standards of your industry.
We have seen time and again that building and sustaining a vibrant community is much harder than just starting one, so plan accordingly. Anything that takes more than 1 to 2 clicks to join tends to have less uptake by potential community members. While choosing a solution, it may seem like getting more people signed up to the community is the main task that will get a drum beat going, but what tends to be more important (and challenging!) is to get those who do sign up to