Dgroups - Development through dialogueAfter the 2011 meeting held last year in Rome during the ShareFair, we’re excited to announce the 2012 Dgroups Annual Meeting, which will take place online on 15 November 2012 starting at 1400 GMT to 1630 GMT.  Registration are open on this Eventbrite page.

This event comes at a very important time for Dgroups. The new, long awaited platform is now up and running thanks to the work of our technical partner WA-Research. The feedback we have been received from users is very positive – one Dgroup moderator, Carsten Schulz (SDC), has even “fallen in love” with the new Dgroups after previous frustrations with the  old version of the platform:

The 2012 Dgroups Annual Meeting will consist of two parts:

1. Dgroups Partners Business meeting – from 1400 GMT to 1515 GMT

2. Dgroups Open Peer Exchange Session on “How to make most effective use of Dgroups” – from 1515 to 1630 GMT

The Dgroups Partners Business Meeting (open to Dgroups Partners) will be the occasion for all 18 Partners to take stock of what the Dgroups Partnership has achieved in the past year, and lay down the foundation for future directions and development of Dgroups. It will seek to identify and respond to Dgroups Partners’ needs, so that the Dgroups Board can continue to improve the service and the functionality of the platform in line with Partners’ requirements.

The Dgroups Open Peer Exchange Session is open to anyone with an interest in Dgroups. In this session Dgroups Partners  FARA and RWSN will share their experience and lessons learned in using Dgroups for their work, followed by open discussion. Dgroups is used in many different ways and we have a lot to learn from one another to support knowledge exchange, communications and facilitation – from small closed technical groups to large open discussion forums of several thousand participants worldwide. This session will mark the beginning of a new phase in Dgroups to strengthen peer-to-peer learning among Dgroups Partners, moderators, and users – all of whom have previously indicated a need for greater sharing and learning.

We hope all Dgroups Partners will be able to join the Business Meeting, and that many more will take part in the Open Peer Exchange Session.

If you are interested in participating, please reserve your seat from the event registration page.

After you have registered you will receive updates regarding the online platform we will use for the meeting and instructions on how to join the virtual room. You will also receive detailed agendas for the Business Meeting and the Peer Exchange session, as well as any relevant background documents and information.

Updates on the above events will also be posted on this blog.

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