A regular topic of discussion at the Extension School is the need for an online community. I've heard other students talking about it in person, usually before class. HESA has made promises, but these were never followed through. I've talked about it on Harvard Extended with other students, and thought about setting up a bulletin board, but never got around to it.
Well, someone has finally stepped up to the plate and created an online forum to discuss issues related to the Extension School. It's called, simply, Extension Student, and it's pretty good. It has the basic attributes of a discussion forum -- you can create a discussion, respond to other's comments, modify your profile and hide your identity. The basic requirement to join the community is a Harvard FAS or Post Harvard email address, which are available to all Extension School students and alumni. However, non-students may browse some of the topic areas, which is great for people who are interested in learning more about the HES programs and community.
I've visited Extension Student and responded to some of the threads, and I encourage other members of the community to check it out as well.
I've also asked the creator of Extension Student, a former classmate of mine, if he's interested in being interviewed about this project, and am awaiting his reply.