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the benefits of curating the world's best content.
I don't have a Facebook, a Twitter or a LinkedIn account
Some love it. Some hate it. Khan's simple video tutorial approach has fueled interest in the flipped classroom and blended self paced learning. This is not a new idea or a new technology. However it all comes at a time when teachers need time to teach and the fascination and promise of online resources is at it's peak.
This links to an online editon of the THE Journal. Always a good read.
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From a conveying useful information perspective, the most popular discussion has 0 value. However, from the perspective of encouraging people to bond and become emotionally invested in the community, it's very useful.
When members become emotionally invested in the community, their level of activity goes up. When members participate in bonding/status-jockeying discussions, their level of activity goes up. When members get to know each other beyond the topic, their level of activity increases.
On Monday I will begin my new job. As I’ve mentioned before, I will be working as a Technology Resource Specialist as well as teaching a couple of classes. As always, I am nervous and excited for the first day of school, and eager to meet a new group of students.
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Keleher, Patrick and Hutchinson, Steven (2010). Communities of Practice, a social discipline of learning: nurturing a physical and virtual social learning environment. In: World Association of Co-operative Education International Conference on Work Integrated Learning, 3-5 Feb 2010, Hong Kong, China.
Full Text Research Paper.
Etienne Wenger talks about walking the landscape of practice and communities of practice...
By Kelly Meeker
...the magic of the curator: Putting in the work to find the content that matters and assembling objects, ideas, and media into an experience that is meaningful to the consumer. And it's not just art, wine, and books that need a good curator—information does as well.
Some Recent Happenings at LearningTimes.
This is a dynamic online community with a focus on both synchronous and asynchronous online learning.
If you're looking for a great network where you can meet other online professionals, this is it!
I personally recommend you tune into the Green Room Podcasts with my colleagues Susan Manning and Dan Balzer! (Superb practicioners.)
If you are involved in e-learning and online teaching, you should also be involved in ISTE.
Mind map created by Clark Quinn
At the CSTD meeting, Etienne was the morning keynote, and gave a erudite exploration of the philosophical background and characteristics of Communties of Practice.
"A community of practice (CoP) is, according to cognitive anthropologists Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger, a group of people who share an interest, a craft, and/or a profession.
Over the last year or so, the term communities of practice has entered the social media buzzword lexicon along with virtual collaboration, engagement, platforms, and Enterprise 2.0. Senior leaders want to establish them, new employees are being told to join them, and middle managers are being told to support them, but what, exactly are they?" Steve Radick
The Four Quadrant Poster is the newest activity added to Technology-Enhanced Social Emotional Activities. I love using this activity as an icebreaker for students to get to know one another and to...
I'm always looking for good icebreakers. Indeed, I would drop any online class that doesn't strat with an icebreaker. Why? Starting with an icebreaker recognizes the importance of building trust in a learning community. It's a simple way to get to know each other (and have a little low stress practice using the discussion software).
I know some are uncomfortable with this practice. Better the few should change their attitudes and lighten up; skipping the icebreaker is a deal breaker for me!
Maybe used (adapted) for Team Building. Every team member may express his "best things" and the moderator can help the team to come up with new activities to be done.
Communities of practice enable the integration of work & learning.
Some characteristics of communities of practice:
People want to join them.
They usually have a higher purpose, that one person alone cannot achieve.
People feel affinity for their communities of practice.There are both strong and weak social ties.
You know you are in a community of practice when it changes your practice.
On this site you will find my favourite links to free on-line services that allow you to provide your students with enhanced learning opportunities which you can then embed into, or link from, your school/college/university's website, course blog...
Jean Lave was (and is) a social anthropologist with a strong interest in social theory, based at the University of California, Berkeley. Much of her work has focused on on the 're-conceiving' of learning, learners, and educational institutions in terms of social practice. When looking closely at everyday activity, she has argued, it is clear that 'learning is ubiquitous in ongoing activity, though often unrecognized as such'
New community forming. This community will focus on the flipped classroom model. This network is in beta and will launch soon.
By: Errol Craig Sull in Online Education
The cliché that you only get one chance to make a first impression is especially true when you teach online. Each item you post—email, discussion message, announcement, etc.—must be created with much thought, and none is more important than the first post to your class.
It is a delicate creation, this first post, but once you know how, it can be pivotal in getting your class off in the right direction.
Here's a link to an archive of presentation materials. These are PowerPoint files covering many of the early works of Rena Palloff and Kieth Pratt, two very well known authors.
Although somewhat dated, you'll find an archive of fundamental ideas about e-learning and online teaching. Well worth a visit! ~Dennis
List of Presentation Download Files:
Question 5 of 18 - Is a Community of Practice today different to what it was ten years ago? Recorded November 2010 at the School of Education, University of ...
Wegner is a pioneer who continues to develop the idea of a CoP in the evolved landscape of easy to find social networks. It's good to listen to the pioneers! ~ Dennis
Online Course 3 semester hours graduate creditFacilitator: Kay Lehmann
Facilitator: Lisa Chamberlin
You will learn concepts, methods and research for creating and facilitating a collaborative online community of practice.
This course is about facilitating and building an e-learning community and is designed for educators, technical college and community college instructors, university instructors, curriculum consultants, and corporate trainers who want to become highly qualified in facilitating online learning in blended or fully online courses.
Etienne Wegner: Communities of practice are formed by people who engage in a process of collective learning in a shared domain of human endeavor: a tribe learning to survive, a band of artists seeking new forms of expression, a group of engineers working on similar problems, a clique of pupils defining their identity in the school, a network of surgeons exploring novel techniques, a gathering of first-time managers helping each other cope.