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Soft Skills for a New Vision for Education

"As the digital economy transforms the workplace, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills become more important. This World Economic Forum report emphasizes the importance of skills such as collaboration, communication and problem solving and says that these will become ever more important as more traditional roles are mechanized."

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Social and Emotional Learning is at the heart of building a community of practice in an online environment.

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New Visions and Innovations to put students' 1st in Education.
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The Guilded Age: Professional Learning Communities in Education

The Guilded Age: Professional Learning Communities in Education | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
By Walter McKenzie

A millennium ago, artists and artisans formed guilds to share expertise and support one another in highly-skilled professional practice. These vibrant learning communities sustained artistry and craftsmanship through the dark ages when centers of learning were exclusive and rare. Much like these medieval guilds, professional learning communities (PLCs) provide a new dimension to professional development as educators flock around high-interest needs and topics. By definition, PLCs

Form organically around immediate member needs and interests.
Allow participants to self-select their roles and contributions.
Offer opportunities to enrich and deepen understanding.
Include collaborative inquiry in the learning process.
Provide practice and risk taking in a safe, supportive climate.
Grow, morph, and disband as part of a life cycle.
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When Walter McKenzie speaks about professional learning communities --- listen.  Walter is a very bright light. He's a pioneer in all things involving virtual communities of practice. He is also one of my mentors. Walter has taught me much over the years. Let him teach you a bit about PLC's. 


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Rich Schultz's curator insight, December 1, 2014 11:58 AM

Online learning communities are the key to building successful collaborative learners!

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Servant-leadership: the Online Way! E-learning where community building is key

Servant-leadership: the Online Way! E-learning where community building is key | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Sylvia van de Bunt-Kokhuis, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Nabil Sultan, Liverpool Hope University, United Kingdom


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The digitalisation of educational communities has increased rapidly in the last decade. Modern technologies transform the way educational leaders such as teachers, tutors, deans and supervisors view and manage their educational communities. More often, educational leaders offer a variety of gateways, guiding the e-learners in their search for finding and understanding information. A new type of leader is required for understanding the needs and requirements of geographically dispersed e-learners. This calls for a compassioned kind of leader, able to reconcile the dilemma of high-tech versus hi-touch in the online classroom. This article examines servant-leadership and its implications for e-learning in the 24/7 classroom where community building is key.

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The role of the teacher in online education is often described as the guide on the side, rather than the sage on the stage. Servant leadership concepts bring nuance and depth to the role of guide or facilitator.


In this article the authors stake out promising new ground for research. "In literature (amongst others Greenleaf, 1977 and 1991; Keith, 2011; Nuijten, 2009; Trompenaars and Voerman, 2009; Sarayrah, 2004; Vargas and Hanlon, 2007 and Spears, 2000) servant-leadership qualities can be found like listening, forgiveness, empathy, humility, care for people and the organization, healing of relationships, awareness, persuasion, courage, giving feedback, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, authenticity, commitment to the growth and empowerment of others and building community. Teachers with some or more of these servant-leadership (high-touch) qualities can make the difference in the e-learning environment. In the (high-tech) online classroom the teacher, more than ever before, needs to be qualified to amongst others listen, care for the e-learners, encourage awareness raising, give feedback and, last but not least, build a vivid learning community. This calls for a compassioned kind of educational leader, able to connect high-tech (technology mediated learning, multimedia infrastructure) opportunities with hi-touch (contact, human interaction, commitment to the growth of others, etc.) opportunities in the online classroom."


The e-learning environments envisioned in this internationally oriented paper describe many of the values driving the University of Wisconsin-Stout's E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate.


van de Bunt-Kokhuis, S., & Sultan, N. (2012). Servant-leadership: the Online Way! E-learning where community building is key. [Electronic version]. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2012/1.

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Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, September 16, 2014 11:34 AM

Applying servant leadership to teaching online. 

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Breaking the ice: Supporting collaboration and the development of community online | Dixon | Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology / La revue canadienne de l’apprentissage et de la technologie

Breaking the ice: Supporting collaboration and the development of community online | Dixon | Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology / La revue canadienne de l’apprentissage et de la technologie | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Breaking the ice: Supporting collaboration and the development of community online


From the Abstract:


Icebreakers are fun activities that help people get to know each other. These activities can potentially ameliorate the perceived distance in online learning environments. Two author-developed icebreakers were used in a preliminary study involving university undergraduates and instructors in online environments. Respondents took part in an icebreaker at the start of a semester and at the mid-point after which they completed a questionnaire about perceived value of icebreakers. Early results were positive and have led to recommendations for practice.

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You'll find some interesting icebraker ideas in the the appendix of this full text research paper. 


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Ruth Hall's curator insight, June 16, 2013 11:21 PM

Check the icebreakers in appendix A

Carl Heine's curator insight, June 19, 2013 11:43 AM

Looking for activities to break the ice online?

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Ice Breaker: What Do You Wonder About?

Ice Breaker: What Do You Wonder About? | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
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...

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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! 

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Dimonekene Ditutala's curator insight, February 15, 2013 2:57 AM

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.

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21st Century Icebreakers: 10 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology

21st Century Icebreakers: 10 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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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TeacherStream

TeacherStream | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Discovering innovations with K-12 teachers...


We are an open-source network of online and blended educators. You're invited to share information, cool resources, events, and your ideas. Feel free to start a special interest group below.

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How can Virtual Social Learning Environments support Communities of Practice?

How can Virtual Social Learning Environments support Communities of Practice? | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
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.

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Etienne Wenger talks about 'walking the landscape of practice'

Etienne Wenger talks about walking the landscape of practice and communities of practice...

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elearn Magazine: A Curator's Tools and To-Do List

elearn Magazine: A Curator's Tools and To-Do List | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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.

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Press Coverage — LearningTimes Online Network

Press Coverage — LearningTimes Online Network | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
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.)

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ISTE | Membership, NETS Standards, Books, Journals and Professional Development for Teachers

ISTE | Membership, NETS Standards, Books, Journals and Professional Development for Teachers | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

If you are involved in e-learning and online teaching, you should also be involved in ISTE.  

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Etienne Wenger- Keynote Mindmap

Etienne Wenger- Keynote Mindmap | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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.

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George Siemens: Dual Layer Mooc? Interesting Spin.

George Siemens: Dual Layer Mooc? Interesting Spin. | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
You recently launched the DALMOOC, which you created with a focus on improving the social experience of learners – can you tell me a bit about the structure and format you have chosen?

We call it a dual layer MOOC, but we don’t mean that in a binary sense, it’s more like saying there are two pathways to take. You can either take a structured pathway – the way that you see with a lot of MOOCs that are run, say, on Cousera or edX – and that’s a heavy teacher focus with guidance. As in, you click through to the next level.

We’ve created a second level that we’re calling more of the ‘social layer’ and we’re basically asking students to engage with one another and to create artefacts that reflect their understanding and to share those artefacts.

In the learning process we need different cycles of scaffolding – there are times when you come across a new idea completely and you can’t really create and socialise around it effectively because you just don’t know anything. So, there may be a cycle by which the learner follows a traditional structure or pathway but as soon as they become more confident they move into social and more emerging formats. In a way they’re oscillating between these two elements of the MOOC: structure and linear versus emergent and social.
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The actual title of this article is: "

George Siemens: ‘Students need to take ownership of their learning’

I focused on Siemens design of multiple pathways through a MOOC.  His description of the design as "oscillating between these two elements of the MOOC: structure and linear versus emergent and social." triggers some interest. 


Social engagement in any online class is a precious and memorable experience. 

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ExtensionEngine's curator insight, November 29, 2014 7:34 AM

"A lot of what’s wrong with MOOCs stems from how they emulate traditional classrooms" - @gsiemens

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, November 29, 2014 7:35 PM

Dual layered MOOC.  I do see the obvious benefits. 

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The Power of Connecting Students on Edmodo [Video]

The Power of Connecting Students on Edmodo [Video] | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Mrs. Price hopes you’ll share the video with your network and inspire other teachers to experience the power of Edmodo for themselves. Though she considered herself technologically-challenged when she first got started, Mrs. Price now knows that Edmodo is so much more than a tool that helps teachers understand the digital language of today’s students; it also allows students to speak up for themselves and to each other.

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Here's the story from the  a fourth grade classroom. See how developing an online discussion community in your classroom can open minds (and eyes) to the lives of our students. 


Touching excerpts of a moving online conversation that illustrates the power of a safe online learning environment. 

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Anneke Smits's curator insight, September 18, 2014 9:01 AM

De pedagogische factor is ook online essentieel. Soms kan online een veiliger plaats zijn dan de gewone klas..

Kate ferguson-patrick's curator insight, September 18, 2014 11:26 PM

very powerful for small group work- which would encourage students  to take risks in a risk free environment over time

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e-Learning Acupuncture: 7 Strategies for Building Community in Online Courses

e-Learning Acupuncture: 7 Strategies for Building Community in Online Courses | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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In my opinion every facilitated online course should have these 7 elements. 

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Increasing The Number Of 'Useful' Discussions - The Online Community Guide

Increasing The Number Of 'Useful' Discussions - The Online Community Guide | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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.

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Creating Communities Through Makerspaces by Buffy Hamilton Atlanta ...

Presentation slides from Buffy Hamilton

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Communities of practice enable the integration of work and learning | Harold Jarche

Communities of practice enable the integration of work and learning | Harold Jarche | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Harold Jarche:


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.

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Communities of Practice - Paul's E-Learning Resources

Communities of Practice - Paul's E-Learning Resources | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
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...
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Jean Lave, Etienne Wenger and communities of practice

Jean Lave, Etienne Wenger and communities of practice | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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'


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Peer Instruction Network

Peer Instruction Network | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

New community forming.  This community will focus on the flipped classroom model.  This network is in beta and will launch soon.

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11 Tips for Setting the Tone in Your Online Course - Faculty Focus | Faculty Focus

11 Tips for Setting the Tone in Your Online Course - Faculty Focus | Faculty Focus | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
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.


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Palloff & Pratt: Crossroads Consulting Group

Palloff & Pratt: Crossroads Consulting Group | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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:


  • Lessons from the Cyberspace Classroom
  • Making the Transition
  • Working with the Virtual Student
  • Building Learning Communities
  • The Missing Link
  • Web Enhanced Courses
  • Beyond Facilitation
  • Sample Course Guidelines
  • Collaboration in the Virtual World
  • The Art of Teaching Online
  • Creating Effective Online & Blended Courses
  • Online Student Services: Ideas and Models That Work
  • Collaborate!
  • Effective Online Course Development
  • Faculty Excellence
  • Learning Communities Revisited
  • Learning Online: A Collaborative Approach
  • Learning Together In Community 
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Judith Peterson's curator insight, February 11, 9:02 PM

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A video interview with Etienne Wenger (Q5)

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


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Dennis T OConnor's comment, December 3, 2011 2:28 PM
This video gets to the heart of the matter in a way that clearly communicates the essential ideas that Wenger helped pioneer. Thank you!