I have been doing more and more online learning through webinars, online courses and TLCs. I recently was looking for some good online strategies for activating learning and even getting to know the participants. I found several really interesting ways for particpants to introduce themselves online and/or engage their minds in the learning. I shared these in the Online Learning group but also thought this one might be a helpful tool to engage members in your groups as well. Let me know if you have tried this. :-)
Doppel Me is a free, quick and easy to use tool that lets you to create an Avatar, you can have participants create one and upload it as part of their introduction.
Here is another idea for getting members to respond if they have been away from the group for some time. Start a discussion with "Since we last met, my life has been like.... (choose a song, movie or book title) because...."
This is a nice re-entry activity and partcipants can upload a song or link to it or a movie or book.
These are just a couple of ideas that have worked well for me and it also exposes participants to some new cool ideas and tools.