Last semester I explored best practices to build an online bilingual community. I performance individual interviews with two social media experts about their recommendations regarding how to build an online community. In their opinion the most important common factors in successful online community groups are:
Identity: Establishing an online identity. This is aligned with the purpose of creating a community that is the process to interact with other members that share common interests.
Passion: Developing an online community requires time, commitment, and interest that are provided by members’ passion for the subject.
Leadership: The responses collected indicated the importance leadership plays in managing efficiently an online community.
Ethics: One of the participants mentioned the importance of respecting the ethical procedures and participation in a virtual group.
I also investigated which are the best practices to create a bilingual site. Both participants empathized the importance of applying a technological approach to the site. How to address Technology integration? They recommended utilizing web technologies for the majority of their interaction and content sharing. “Utilize accessible technologies that accommodate and communicate the site’s content and messaging to users of all targeted languages.” One suggested incorporated translation features. Encourage interactions facilitated by networked technologies – like chats, discussion forums, comment section, and any other features than enhances participants’ interaction.
After this experience I begin to build a Facebook site with the purpose to share ideas, concerns, and resources related with Second Language Acquisition. It is still in the development phase. Now I faced the challenge to improve, maintain, and promote the site. I need to find the effectively approach to manage my personal and professional scheduled to address effectively all my online spaces.