What is a ComETS group?:
A ComETS Group is a group of individuals who form to explore a topic, address a challenge, or help provide campus leadership around specific issues. ComETS groups often form out of events where interest in a topic is generated. In other cases, ComETS members identify a topic of interest and form a community independently. Typically, members group together, frame a set of goals, notify the ComETS Steering Committee at email@example.com, and announce the new community to the larger ComETS membership inviting other ComETS members to join the group.
- A Community Group is a long term group focused on networking, professional development and collaboration. Our current Community Groups include Media Shops, Assessment, and Learning Spaces. A Community Group forms around any special interest and only disbands when there is no longer enough interest to keep it going.
- A Working Group (a.k.a. Hot Team) is a short-term group that forms to explore a new technology/application, produces a white paper to summarize their exploration, and disbands after a specified time limit (ex: 6-8 weeks to one semester).
See the current list of ComETS groups for more examples.
- Groups may include invited guests that are not members of ComETS, for example faculty.
- Groups have autonomy in determining objectives, goals/outcomes, timeline, and format of meetings.
- Meetings are open and other ComETS members are encouraged to join
- Groups routinely report work, invite feedback, and share outcomes back to ComETS.
- Communication vehicles include the web, the comets list-serve, webspace (below) or organizing a f2f event.
- Groups self-select technology tools to help accomplish work within the community.
- Group decisions/outcomes should be seen as representing group members, and not ComETS as a whole.
- Report back to membership at least once a year (usually at the membership meeting)
- ComETS provides website group space at comets.wisc.edu.
- Communities/ Working Groups are encouraged to post information about goals, objectives, forums, meetings and events on the website.
- ComETS annual meetings and communication vehicles provide a forum for sharing Community / Working Group passions/suggestionsComETS provides a way for individuals to find others on campus with common interests and expertise
See also: the Instructions on setting up a free WiscList e-mail list.