Online Communities Advisory Committee (OCAC)

Function

The Online Communities Coordinating Committee oversees SPE’s online communities. It develops a long-term, strategic framework for SPE online communities and formulates a high-level action plan for implementation of the strategy to provide a long-term vision for online collaboration that will be useful and relevant to SPE members. The committee is responsible for online postings guidelines, community moderation to ensure postings are relevant and in compliance with those guidelines, and proposing action plans aimed at raising interest among members to increase the frequency, quality and value of online postings.

Structure

The Online Communities Coordinating Committee reports to the SPE Board Committee on Communication and Knowledge Sharing. It is comprised of a Chairman, Co-Chairman, five at-large members, a young professional, a student member, and the leaders and co-leaders of the seven Technical Communities.

The Chairperson presides over all committee meetings/calls and works with SPE staff to develop meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes. He/she is usually selected from current and former committee members and serves a two-year term. A Co-Chairperson is also usually selected from current and former committee members and serves under the leadership of the Chair for two years. The outgoing Chair may serve an additional ex-officio year on the committee for purposes of continuity.

Committee Position Description

Deliverables and Expectations

The committee is responsible for online postings guidelines, community moderation to ensure postings are relevant and in compliance with those guidelines, and proposing action plans aimed at raising interest among members to increase the frequency, quality and value of online postings.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Must be an SPE member.
  • Preferably an active participant in the Technical Communities

Expected Time Commitment

  • All committee members serve a two-year term.
  • Participation in 2 meetings each year and conference callas as required. While face-to-face participation is preferred, conference calls are acceptable for those who are unable attend.

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