Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Knowledge Community (K-Comm)

K-Comm is a knowledge-sharing community where NUS student, staff member, alumnus or alumna, can come to seek answers to your questions and to be linked to people who might know the answers you are seeking. As the name suggests, you, as members, can form communities and group with like-minded people, as per your areas of interest. If you're a student, you can "connect" to seniors who have taken a particular module, and you, as seniors, can help your juniors.

Features of K-Comm include:

- social networking aspects
- user profiling as per your interests
- interface to ask questions and get answers
- identifying your expertise in areas you didn't realize
- groups
- blogs

Instead of stereotyping experts and novices, K-Comm is built on the belief that every individual is an expert in one area or other. Through the process of helping other people and discovering your areas of expertise, it should help enhance the self-worth of each one of us using K-Comm.

NUS will formally launch K-Comm in the coming semester, but is opening it up to you for a preview of what you can expect.

Please visit http://k-comm.tk to register!

I'll let the pictures do the talking


pinto said...

The Knowledge Community is a nice effort. I'm an NUS staff from the Centre for Instructional Technology. Signed up and got stumped where I had to choose my 'faculty'. The thing is there are staff who are in admin departments for the university as a whole. Anyway, I chose FASS 'cos that's the closest to what I used to study.

chris said...

So what makes this unique? Is it limited to NUS/ex-NUS students/staffs? If so, it may not lift off well. A social network is really a pain. There are already too many of them. Without the critical mass, people will not bother checking the site after the initial few days.

Why not just make this into an FB app or something similar? That would likely have much better take up rate since so many of us are already in FB.

juliana said...

Chris, think others have similar thoughts too. Maybe Naresh and Hsiang Hui will reveal more of the social logic behind K-Comm in their next post and hence and answer your questions.

chris said...

Yep, definitely. We did a survey in USP before and it was overwhelmingly negative against creating a closed social network for USP community. Granted, we don't have that many people in USP, but the reasoning that was put forward by the respondents are solid and logical. d:

hsiang hui said...

Dear all, thanks for the comments.

Yes, we are looking into integrating with existing systems, like seamless integration with existing portals, FB apps etc...

Anonymous said...

this is great!!!