Summer-Fall 2001

Online Panels with the America Connects Consortium
by Steve Ronan

The America Connects Consortium online panels email list discussions, hosted by CTCNet and Education Development Center, give subscribers the opportunity to explore a series of topics in some depth, one at a time, in a format analogous to a panel session at a conference. Each month this year there is a three-week discussion, during which panelists make initial presentations and then field questions and comments from subscribers, via a moderator. Topics covered have included:

  • Arts and Media
  • Workforce Development
  • Disability Access and Universal Usability
  • Program Design
  • Partnerships
  • Adult Education

The panelists are, for the most part, managers of community technology programs, but others with expertise are also invited. For example, representatives of Boston Cyberarts and the New York Foundation for the Arts participated in the Arts and Media panel, and there were panel contributions from ICF Consulting in the Workforce Development panel. Individuals affiliated with a community technology center anywhere are welcome to join the discussion. To subscribe or unsubscribe, send e-mail with the name and location of your program and your own name and e-mail address to Archived messages for the list are available.

Steve Ronan is CTCNet Network Manager.

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