Hi Keith, to answer your last question: both I guess, but also some other things. I think usually when we compare online w f2f, we ask about affordances of online, but we rarely talk about what might be difficult about the f2f, like social norms, etc. In the particular event I was at, there were many businessmen and people of a certain social circle that excluded me as an academic. At academic conferences, I am comfortable going up to anyone and talking to them, even when I was still young and still starting my masters, but in this meeting of business people, I felt I could not do that.
I agree very much with what you mention earlier about thoughtfulness of asynchronicity. I am a very spontaneous person, even in my blogging/reflection, but have realized that sometimes I can’t organize my thoughts as clearly in speech as I can in writing, especially when it involves connecting between different things I have read/heard throughout a day or week and connecting it with literature, etc. The article I co-authored for Hybrid Pedagogy entitled An Affinity for Asynchronous Learning talks precisely about the advantages of asynchronicity particularly in MOOCs, and reflection is definitely one of the most important pedagogical benefits of it. I feel like I know people from rhizo14 whom I have not met synchronously much more deeply than someone I met for 2 hours f2f because the “crowd” f2f drowns some people out… Same happens online, of course, and there are opportunities to find people and ideas in both settings. I guess there are norms and comforts in both, really, but for me the barrier for online is much lower because I am comfortable navigating the online, I have the digital literacy and open personality for it. Thinking about this… I am also pretty outspoken in f2f, so I am not really sure what I am saying here! Will stop blabbing and “reflect” and come back later 🙂