Here at CSCCE, we relish opportunities to learn from each other. So, for our annual potlucks, we ask everyone to bring knowledge instead of food! This year, we asked participants to bring their favorite tech tools and tips — and tech problems in search of solutions. Below is a smorgasbord of tools suggested by our Community of Practice, as well as a list of common tech problems with some suggested solutions for you to sink your teeth into. If you weren’t on the call but you’d still like to contribute, no problem! We used a Mural board to brainstorm, and you’re still welcome to add to it.
Our community members’ current tech tools include:
Digital team workspaces
Google Drive: A one stop shop for online office tools such as a word processor and slide decks
Confluence: A well-supplied team workspace
Project management systems
Asana: A multi-functional team organization platform
Zenhub: Team planning and productivity tracking software
Ways to visualize information and/or collaborate
Padlet: Virtual bulletin board
Illustrator: A heavy-duty art program
Mindmeister: A way to “map minds”
Online facilitation tools
Zoom: The classic “grid-of-faces-in-boxes” virtual meeting platform
Slack: Messaging app designed for business
GitHub: Online code repository and developer tool
Zenodo: Online document repository
Calendly: A scheduling app
iPhones: What would we do without our phones??? They’re our gateways to everything.
If you’ve got a problem, I’ve got a solution!
Our members collaborated to come up with tools that might address specific problems using this Mural board. We’ve provided summaries of the problems and solutions below, and you can visit the board to read more details and add your thoughts.
Problem: What are some ways to gather feedback “in the open” so that all meeting participants can see it?
Problem: I need an app that facilitates virtual speed networking-type events.
Problem: I loathe calendering! How can I easily schedule meetings across multiple time zones?
Problem: How can I find out what members of my working group want to focus on, how much time they can devote to projects, etc?
Problem: I need a tool to make sure our branding is consistent across newsletters, Twitter, etc.
Problem: How can I create a member directory that I won’t have to spend a lot of time building, managing, etc?
Solutions: Use a Google sheet. Allow people to share only the information they’re comfortable putting out into the world.
Problem: How can I give people a safe space to provide feedback on an in-person retreat as it’s progressing?
Problem: How can I create a choose-your-own-adventure style experience or an interactive decision tree?
Solution: Use Mindmeister.
Thank you, and happy holidays!
This was our last community call of 2022, but we’ll be back in the new year with more community conversations and opportunities to connect and share. A big thank you to everyone who joined a call this month, and this year! We hope this holiday season is a gentle one, and we’ll see you in 2023 (note: CSCCE will be closed 22 December – 9 January).