As we incorporate social networking tools into learning, I know that some of us are thinking about how to encourage and evaluate meaningful contributions to and participation in those networks. Dave Duarte's list of 20 Ways to Evaluate Contributions to a Social Network seems like a good start. Many of these items are open to further discussion (i.e., what's a "well-structured argument" look like?), but in those conversations, you can arrive at additional insights and ideas for thinking about how people are contributing.
You could also easily set up a Social Network Challenge (along the lines of the Comment Challenge), using some of these ideas. I could see, for example, doing a week-long challenge that involved the following tasks.
- Pose a question to the group
- Build on the ideas of another in the network.
- Tell a story
- Make a recommendation
- Post a "Top 10" list
- Offer help or answer a question for another person in the network
- Use a graphic to illustrate an idea
This would encourage the most valuable social networking behaviors in a way that's more fun than simply posting a list of "Guidelines for Participation." It also makes more sense to teach and encourage these behaviors before plunging into evaluating them.
What do you think of this list? Have you been evaluating contributions to social networks? How have you been doing it? What have the results been?