This weeks assignment was to take part in a Tweetorial over a two day period. Due to work commitments I couldn’t take part and I joined the group over the last few hours. I have to admit that I found the conversations confusing and spent a good hour trying to make sense of the tweets. Whilst reading conversations on Tweetdeck I began to realise that the group was in a phase of ‘norming’. Bruce Tuckman identifies five stages of group development: forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning. Throughout the first few weeks our group came together online and our digital presence was characterised by anxiety and uncertainty. We were cautious with each and our behaviour was driven by the need for the EDC group acceptance. The avoidance of conflict, controversy and personal opinion meant that no real conversation took place. We then entered the storming phase by week 5 where we had a general feel for group members and the dynamics of the group. Dominant individuals emerged and opinions and competition began to arise. This week, however, the group seems to have moved through to the norming stage where we seem to be a cohesive group with high morale. An online community is now established where we are flexible, interdependent and information now flows and is uninhibited……I’m looking forward to the final few weeks when we hit the performance stage with our assignments!!