An "off-the-record" study group for idea development
You've done a wonderful job in outlining a proposal and crafting ideas about issues to be considered and a daily breakdown for how we might begin to consider them!
I do like your suggestion of an "off-the-record" study group since we are in the beginning stages of "idea development" and it may become too difficult, as you say, "to manage a genuinely open invitation" until we further clarify some of the issues.
That being said, I'll join in as participant whether it's formal, informal, or even if we hang out on a sidewalk somewhere with a Margarita in hand! ;-) (hmmm...maybe not a bad idea!)
About the topics, I'd like to suggest that somewhere in there we address how our developing theories and research methods can inform the practical development of some type of web-based learning scaffold. I keep going back to that idea we were envisioning at your session of some electronic environment that guides readers/learners in identifying their purpose, background knowledge, text structure, strategy selection, etc and then provides them with open-ended tools/supports/features that enable each learner to customize them according to his/her needs. Just a toolbar or two and a frame with certain levels of features that incorporates each of our perspectives could be so powerful, I think, in seeing how technology can be used to inform, support, track and modify strategies readers use as they interact with and respond to Internet text. (and these same tools/features can simultaneously be used to track, analyze and report data collected within these environments). The teacher in me continues to harbor just below the surface of the researcher in me :-)
Thanks for pulling this together so quickly. What do others think?