Organizational Committees may be convened by the Executive Committee in
response to specific organizational needs - for membership rules, personnel,
finance, outreach, information, etc. - or on an ad hoc basis by the officers
with later approval by the Executive and subject to a report and its
approval by the next regular general meeting. These committees and their
officers will exist to conduct research, prepare projects, or review
specific activities of interest to the Executive Committee and the general
membership, and any of their reports or recommendations will be subject to a
general review prior to taking effect.
Online Course and Resource Evaluation Workgroups will be convened to review
and assist member individuals and organizations in the preparation,
documentation, reporting, and accreditation of online courses and related
materials. These Workgroups will be convened by the O-CREW committee, itself
nominated by the Executive Committee and elected by the general membership.
The O-Crew Committee has the authority to include volunteers and un-elected
members, representatives of other associations or other interested parties
in any O-CREW group. These Workgroups may focus on any area of online course
preparation, offering, and analysis, and prepare reports for action or for
information to the general membership. Some Workgroups may address problems
unique to particular learning groups - children, adolescents, adults, or
elderly, etc. - to particular technologies - video, email, radio, CD-ROM,
high or low bandwidth delivery, etc. - or to particular cultural or social
concerns - linguistic, sexual, cross-age, professional, situational
(residential), or pedagogical, etc. All Workgroups will be expected to
prepare reports at regular intervals, identified in their initial charge.
Lacking a timely report, the O-CREW Committee will consider the particular
CREW activity complete it will cease to exist.
This kind of stuff is infinitely more important as a mechanism than as a
list of committees. Rule: never conceive of a committee unless you are
willing to be on it. Corollary: the committee better be able to express its
own mission better than a bunch of constitutionalists, since they've got to
complete it. Advice: pull back from a detailed list of tasks, we haven't
done the general ones yet.
Meanwhile, thank you Mihkel for your gentle sunshine.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On
> Behalf Of Mihkel Pilv
> Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 1998 9:45 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Cc: email@example.com
> Subject: Re: WAOE Committee System June Update
> Thanks working with Constitutional questions further.
> > 1) Organizational Committees
> > Membership Committee
> > Finance Committee
> Committee sytem seems fine. But it would be helpful to describe
> shortly the
> concrete function of each Committee. ... If we have only headlines, we may
> understand this division pretty differently.
> > 2) Online Course and Resource Evaluation Workgroups (O-CREWs):
> > CMC and Pedagogical Issues Online CREW
> > Synchronous Communication Online CREW
> > Educational Software and Courseware Online CREW
> > K-12 Online CREW
> > Home-based and Lifelong Learning Online CREW
> > Vocational Education and Training Online CREW
> What concerns ratifying O-CREWs
> What I see necessery is to ratify the system how to create and develop
> O-CREWs system. Online learning is a very fastly changing world. So if we
> fix the names of O-CREWs in our constitution,
> then we need to change our constitution pretty soon when need appears to
> create a new kind of O-CREWs. ..
> And everything what is connected with offical voting and organizational
> issues, which need authorized signature is the bottleneck in WAOE vision.
> What we need is a good system (on Organizational Committees level) which
> allows to create and develop O-CREWs
> Also in O-CREWs case it would be good to get small description what we can
> find under each title (just to avoid overlapping).
> And as we try to create a living organization, maybe it is better not to
> create any O-CREWs without concrete need. If people come and say
> we want to
> do this or that... thats fine.
> Do we currently have enough potentioal to make success in all O-CREWs
> mentioned here?
> Till today 25 members have subscribed to 'waoe-news'. So we may
> say we have
> 25 active members .. And currently we have 29 O-CREWs and Committees....
> We can be sure that soon WAOE will attract more people, but can we be that
> sure that we know exactly what newcomers want exactly, how we
> know that the
> division of O-CREWs system we make now suites the best way their needs?
> Let initiative come first and lets set the system so flexible that each
> initiative can create a O-CREWs.All we need now is to work our a solid
> scheme how to handle these intitiatives. We need a frame now. And frames
> must be strong.
> And what we need most is to speak out what we speak and where are our
> interests. If we know that, we can have also better picture of
> what kind of
> O-CREWs we need.
> Just an idea, ... maybe somebody from us can make short note how s/he
> understood under each Committee and O-CREW presented by Steve?
> Thanks for your time and sunshine,
> Mihkel Pilv
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