Here's an idea that I'm hoping to make part of the Computers and Writing 2011 Online Conference. I'd like to go back and look at some of the early TechRhet IRC and MOO conversations from the early 1990s and highlight some of the discoveries we thought we were making at the time, then have a conversation about what's changed since then, in terms of software, assumptions about how teachers collaborate and communicate, and whether synchronous writing environments have any value for writing classes in 2011.
For starters, I'll offer a couple of very dated links to what we were thinking about this in the mid 90s:
That's enough for now, but let me also add a link to our first MOO playground, MediaMOO, which, until the old Dell under my desk finally quits, is still available as a kind of MOOseum for exploration. This is where Tari Fanderclai and Greg Siering started the original Tuesday Cafe.
You can still get there by pointing your MOO client (free downloads of Pueblo for Windows and Atlantis for Mac are still out there!) at mediamoo.engl.niu.edu port 8888
So, is anyone else interested in this idea?