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D4L Community Module

Engaging with Learners - How to Develop Your Community

More Examples of Online Communities

List of Examples of Online Learning Communities

This list begins with the examples from the presentation for Week 1. Please add some suggestions of your own, especially ones that you have participated in yourself! You can annotate each entry with a brief description.

Just click on where it says "Edit" above to make your additions (then click "Save" at the bottom).

From the Topic 1 Presentation:

HASTAC Scholars blog -

  • blogs, forums, projects, and events with students from over 75 different universities admitted each year, exploring technology, "pedagogy, learning, research, and academia" user forums -

  • users of the open source content management system Omeka can ask others for help or share projects or methods

Dorothy L listserv -

  • a discussion group for "lovers of the mystery genre"

Renaissance Island on Second Life -

  • a group that has created and maintained a virtual immersive environment in which to learn about Renaissance England

#CritLib on Twitter -

  • a group exploring critical librarianship, looking at issues of social justice in libraries

Royal Courts on Ning -

  • bringing together people who participate in different history-based virtual worlds

InfoQuest on Spruz -

  • library workers and users exploring the use of web-based virtual worlds for libraries

The Massachusetts Studies Network on Ning -

  • bringing together people who study "Massachusetts history, culture, and environment"

From Others:

Above the Fold -

  • Above the Fold is an electronic publication that seeks to bring attention to items of interest from beyond our normal reading sphere.
  • Reactions to Above the Fold periodically crop up in the Above the Fold blog.
  • Readers are welcome to join the conversation, share their thoughts, and follow @ATFOCLC on Twitter.


  • New York's Libraries Information Network News from the State Library and New York Library Association quickly reaches all subscribers. The best part is individual librarians sharing success stories or asking for help. Answers to a simple "how to" question can be very helpful when drawn from such a large group of librarians.

Instructables -

  • an online make-it community. Program ideas from users abound as you look through the pages and are astounded at the creativity on display. You might not need to make your own hairbrush or open a lock with a can of coke. But they'll show you how. Looking for fun projects with Raspberry Pi or your Arduino? Wondering what to do with your Legos? Try building a 3D printer with them. Instructables will show you how to make the printer and so much more. Have fun creating with Instructables!

ALA Connect (membership required) -

  • This platform serves the American Library Association. Each section, committee, and round table has its own place to post and share.

Sakai (login required) -

  • Sakai is the LMS used at Ithaca College. I've been added to particular communities such as a Drone Working Committee or a group of everyone participating in our Fall Family Weekend events.

H-Pennsylvania -

  • This is a listserv for those interested in the history and culture of Pennsylvania. This is a personal interest of mine.

Videolib -

  • This is a listserv for those who work with videos in libraries.

LinkedIn / IABC -

  • Some of the faculty with whom I work are member of IABC. I follow them in LinkedIn.

Twithaca -

  • Businesses, individuals, and organizations in Ithaca, NY post to this twitter feed for local news. -

  • is a highly-acclaimed professional social and learning network that has become a vibrant online community for exceptional educators, decision-makers, and influencers who are on the leading edge of innovation in education." (info quoted from their website)

SimpleK12 -

  • The community is amazing. Imagine a place where everyone understands your struggles – both in and out of the classroom. Where you’re all in it together. Earn your CEUs while connecting and sharing with your peers in a supportive (and fun!) environment." (info quoted from their website)

From Helen Linda (these are all the nature and critter related sites I'm a community member of. I couldn't think of any that I likes outside of that category, which is telling.):

Naturally Curious Facebook Page -
  • "To inform readers about the timing of natural history events throughout 
    the year in New England, and to photographically portray the flora and 
    fauna of this region." Not intentionally community, but the replies and posts and teamwork on ID makes me think of it this way.
NatureShare -
  • This is an interesting example because it used to be a feral community of general critter lovers tied to the Audubon guides, so a place for ID but also to get/give help with ID and celebrate all animals and our collective love of them. But, since Audubon officially bought the apps and the site and then discontinued everything but the bird community, the rest of us are left in the cold.
  • Butterflies and Moths of North America has an amazing gallery of user contributed images and IDs, it's a place to contribute sitings, get help with your own ID, and generally a great citizen science community. Since there's no forums, hard to say whether it really counts as a community.
Garter Snake Forum -
  • A community entirely devoted to garter snakes. There's a large representation of pet owner/breeders, but also wild-only enthusiasts like myself. 
The Cat Site -
  • A community entirely devoted to cats. Again, large cross-section of breeders, pet owners, TNR and feral carers, and a generally incredible resource for health and behavior advice and ideas. 
VT Reptile & Amphibian Atlas -
  • Another citizen science community, but specific to Vermont. Both an incredible resource and a way to make a difference! Since there's no forums, hard to say whether it really counts as a community.

From Ashley Middleton (since we're adding non-library communities, I've added those too):

LibUX -

  • A website led by a small team with community guest posts, focused on asking questions and studying user experience as it pertains to libraries

Code4Lib -

  • A learning community focused on code-related library topics, from metadata to website building and beyond

Diddlyi -

  • This is focused on online education in Irish dancing. Community is minimal, built through comments on videos and blog posts. -

  • My latest endeavor, just opened a month ago. I'm slowly pulling together a group of people, reaching out to independent schools (which for various reasons don't like coming into groups), and different organizations that allow each other's dancers to compete with them. I'm running digital competitions quarterly, and will be trying to celebrate successes as a way to have everyone "meet" each other. I'll hopefully be putting up interview and instructional videos and building a forum. My pie-in-the-sky goal is to host an annual live workshop weekend.

The Sewing Academy -

  • style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">The Sewing Academy focuses on learning how to sew authentic historical clothing c. 1830-1865. There is a clear focus, a strong (but cheerful!) moderator, and very clearly delineated forum topics. It is attached to an educational website,, where there is a blog, free patterns, and downloadable information. Liz Clark also runs live workshops a few times a year across the United States.


This project is administered by the South Central Regional Library Council with funding from the Institue for Museum and Library Services.