One of the best things about the internet is that it allows people from around the world to set up groups based around pretty much any subject and share their thoughts together. These sorts of places can be informal forums, chat threads and more.

For Thing 9, we will look at three alternative spaces for research communities that have become established over the past decade or so: Reddit, Wikipedia and GitHub. Check out the video below for more.

Video transcript

Check out this brief guide to each of the spaces covered in the video.

Thing 9 activities

Test out one of the alternative online spaces that we have discussed

Blog about your experience and whether you would use any of the spaces in the future

Learning outcomes

You should be able to understand cooperative online engagement

You should have had the opportunity to interact with alternative online communities

You should have reflected on Thing 9 through blogging

Image: Alan Levine