Answer: Consider what would be needed to create an ideal digital learning community. What would be needed to bring such a vision to fruition? What can one do to make an existing DLC more attractive to and welcoming for students and teachers?
An ideal DLC has open access to information, free and shareable, despite geographic location of other members. There should be a unifying theme or topic that brings everyone together; Educational Technology, Science, etc. To bring this to fruition one would need a digital space that allows for collaboration, and members from the community and around the world. Typically, is a DLC is “closed” or “private” it doesn’t give an air of inclusiveness and will deter some educators. Private groups would definitely deter students, as typically if information is not easy to access they will show disinterest. Once again, DLC groups that make you answer a series of questions before being able to join, or require you to contribute (or be kicked out) will deter people from joining. Some people are silent and just prefer to get inspired by others, or are just learning and may be embarrassed to share their thoughts, ideas, lessons etc. Contributions should be on the users terms.