Instructions for the Report on
the Psychology of
Virtual Online Communities

Note: Before you proceed, please check the instructions for your generations.html file and your newsgroups.html file on how to format the various sections of this report. The instructions there also apply here.


The _____ ** stars tell you that this should be a separate section, with a tagged sub-title that is listed in the Table of Contents as a link.

Note: The little line next to each number should be checked only when that item is fully completed!

_____ **Some Online Resources on Virtual Communities

Use this list to start with. In your report, you need to list these resources, along with the additional ones you find.


Make a list of the online resources you recommend and give a description of each place--what there is to find there and why you recommend it.

After that, make each of these a section with its own tagged sub-title:

_____ **What are virtual online communities? What is their purpose? Who creates them? Why? To inform yourself about this, read this first:

To be successful, a Web site needs a loyal audience that returns again and again. Besides creating useful, lively content and updating it regularly, a Web builder can keep people coming back to a site by creating a sense of community. But what does it mean to build an online community? On the Net, community usually boils down to finding ways to let users talk to each other in real-time chat rooms, as well as on bulletin boards. This week, BUILDER.COM's feature explores five online communities that work and provides ten tips for building effective online gathering places.

Read what they have to say, then return here to answer these questions:

_____ **How do virtual communties work? How do they spread? What types are there?

_____ **Give a case history of a virtual community. Describe where it is, who the participants are, how they function, etc.

_____ **Would you be a member of a virtual community? Under what circumstances?

_____ **Discuss the significance of the existence of virtual communities. How are they like face-to-face communities in function? Could there be an evolution in cyberspace of virtual communities like there is in naface-to-face communities?

_____ **Find 2 generational reports on the subject of virtual community or cyberspace citizenship and link to them,
(a) summarizing what they say, and
(b) giving your reactions to their position.
Here are two samples, but you can find others! After reading and exploring, return here for the next part. Remember to bookmark and copy/paste what you find of interest, so you won't have to redo it later!
Rapoza's Report
Rho's Report

Search the later generations--there are several excellent ones!!

_____**Take a look at how other students in your class have done this report (when the drafts are posted). Describe your impressions and reactions to the reports you look at--link to them. How do they compare with yours in
(a) content, (b) approach, and (c) presentation.
Note: hurry up and post your draft of this report so others can complete this part of it!! Please email the class when your report is first posted.

_____** Add a tagged Conclusion section explaining how you think future generations can use your document for studying the psychology of music and driving. How can they further your project to its next step? Summarize the steps you've taken and those of other G8 students, then indicate future directions for G8 and beyond--be very specific. Consult your class notes to see what you have on it, or bring it up on class email discussion.

_____ Put this in your [title] field: Online Communities by FN LN Gxx/Semester Year University of Hawaii

_____ Place a Table of Contents at the top of the document with links to all the tagged sub-titles (see _____ **).

_____ Note: Students often forget this item--but it is required: The first item in the Table of Contents MUST be called Instructions for this Report and it must be a live link to this document

_____ Be sure you add a Navigation Table and e-mail button at the bottom of the document.

_____ Using your web browser, check your document screen by screen: no screen should be made of just one paragraph (i.e., no paragraph should exceed one screen full--it's too hard to read that way!)

_____ Spell check your document before uploading!!

_____ Check the visibility of your text: patterned backgrounds are not allowed. Darker colors are not allowed. White bgcolor is always excellent, especially if you vary the font face, color, and size to enhance visibility and emphasis (no blinking text allowed). Remember: your text looks different in different browsers and computers, so you need to experiment and ask others. You may also use graphic enhancers such as color bars, color dots, icons. However, animated icons are a problem if they distract attention from the text. Using the Table tag in html allows easy control over the color of each column and the placement of text on the screen. See this example for how to change the color of fonts. See this student's effective use of varied font faces, colors, and sizes.

_____ Check the way your document loads after it contains everything. How long does it take? Does text appear on the screen while one waits, or is it blank? Slow loads and blank screens are not allowed, so you must choose graphics that are low in memory size!

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