The differences between social professional networks and communities of practice

Matrix

The meaning ofcommunity’ has changed drastically with the spread of the internet and the rise of all the social networks. No longer confined by geography, people who share the same interests can connect, share and grow as a community online. Organizational value of online communities. Main difference between social and professional communities. Figuring out new ways of doing things and addressing issues are always in high demand.

Recommended Reading Summary: A Chapter of “From Practice Fields to Communities of Practice”

Adobe Captivate

Last October, I posted some recommended reading that complemented one of my classes on gamification. I’ve since started writing chapter summaries (here is the first one ) so people can “preview” some of the great books out there and hopefully end up reading them! Chapter 2: From Practice Fields to Communities of Practice by Sasha Barab and Thomas Duffy (2012). based on levels of performance rather than academic interests.

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Organizations as Communities - Part 1

ID Reflections

Today, the very definition of organizations has changed. The impact of digitization is going far beyond a few collaboration tools and platforms. Today’s organizations are no longer defined by fixed workplaces, nine-to-five working hours or even a set of homogeneous employees. Operational and business models have been turned on their heads with the advent of enterprises like Uber , Airbnb , Etsy and Amazon. It requires a complete re-imagining of how business gets done.

Communities of Practice in your LMS: A hidden KM tool

TalentLMS

One highlight of a learning management system is its collaboration within course participants. Extend this to the Subject Matter Experts and popular spokes-person through a defined communication framework and you have a community of practice in action! Ever heard of the phrase “listen to the market”? Bear in mind, we are not trying to share “best practices” or extensive research within this knowledge sharing environment.

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Communities of Practice in your LMS: A hidden KM tool

TalentLMS

One highlight of a learning management system is its collaboration within course participants. Extend this to the Subject Matter Experts and popular spokes-person through a defined communication framework and you have a community of practice in action! Ever heard of the phrase “listen to the market”? Bear in mind, we are not trying to share “best practices” or extensive research within this knowledge sharing environment.

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Boots On The Ground: Introducing A Community of Practice at Bechtel by Paul Drexler and Ani Mukerji

Learning Solutions Magazine

A key activity for learning and development groups is supporting the growth and effectiveness of. informal and collaborative learning among employees or members of a community of practice. Social and mobile technologies are essential to success, as this case study illustrates. This is. essential (and inspiring) reading for all! Future Trends Learning 2.0 Management Strategies Social Media

Lurking is Not a Static State

ID Reflections

Lurking and its role in communities has been on the forefront of my mind for the past few days. It has received a lot of attention in the past from the thought leaders in the realm of learning and the role of communities in personal as well as organizational learning. I have recently taken on enterprise community facilitation and was curious to see how people are interacting on our enterprise collaboration platform.

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Social Learning Has Its Place…And Informal Learning Does Too.

Dashe & Thomson

in which Jane expresses her dislike of the term Social Learning (big S, big L). Jane claims that “Social Learning has come to refer exclusively to the use of social media in top-down, formal learning.” Although I usually agree with Jane and am humbled by her otherworldly stature within the learning community, I’m going to pick a bone here. A common noun represents a class of entities (for example, city, planet, person or corporation).

Give Learners a Voice by Incorporating Social Learning

Adobe Captivate

If you’re a fan of Adobe Captivate Prime, you may be aware of the new social learning features that were just released. My favorite new feature has to be the discussion boards, which allow groups of learners to share web based and user generated content easily. Social learning is an important developing aspect of the learning technology industry. Here are some ways we can do that: Create communities of practice that either meet in person or virtually.

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Social Learning Experiences: Making Better Connections

Talented Learning

Maybe the answer lies in the beauty of a simple human truth: “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” After a decade of affordable high-speed internet access, smartphones, mobile apps and social networks, it’s easy to take our digital connections for granted. And each of those people has the potential to teach us something new. In a sense, we’re all part of a grand social learning experiment.

9 Strategies to Make Your Peer Learning Program Thrive

CLO Magazine

If you’re sponsoring or developing a peer learning program, you know that professional communities of practice are a cost-effective way to leverage the collective wisdom and experience of a group of leaders with similar roles, challenges or interest areas. However, an intentional design of the structure, facilitation and tools is more likely to yield the results you want. Align around the peer learning community’s purpose.

Podcast 12: Collaborative Medical Education at Vermont Oxford Network

Talented Learning

WELCOME TO EPISODE 12 OF THE TALENTED LEARNING SHOW! To learn more about this podcast series or to see the full collection of episodes visit The Talented Learning Show main page. EPISODE 12 – TOPIC SUMMARY AND GUESTS: Vermont Oxford Network (VON) is a nonprofit collective of multidisciplinary medical professionals, working together to improve the landscape of neonatal healthcare. How would you describe the mission of Vermont Oxford Network (VON)?

The dynamics of managing/nurturing networks of practice

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

Keeping the Wheels Turning: The Dynamics of Managing Networks of Practice. Journal of Management Studies, 47(1), 85-108 The authors make a distinction between NoPs and CoPs; networks of practice and communities of practice. Twenty-two NoPs were formalized with the goal of integrating existing, dispersed knowledge. Management created the formal position of a manager or functional line manager responsible for the NoP.

The Angry Birds Community: Social Learning Utopia?

Dashe & Thomson

The game was introduced to me by my 10-year-old daughter, and we both seem to have the same (huge) amount of fun with it. Angry Birds – the game – can certainly be used as a model for eLearning; it has all the attributes that make for effective game-based learning: immediate rewards and feedback, increasingly challenging tasks, focus on action and decision-making. Interestingly, only 1,970 – or just 10% – of these videos were actually created by RovioMobile, the game-maker.

Is all learning social?

Learning with 'e's

Just about every day I find myself embroiled in a discussions about fundamentals of learning, the nature of knowledge and the processes of education. It comes with the territory of working as an academic in a university, and I expect to do it much of the time. In the post I made the remark that today's learning needs to be personal, social and global, all of which can be mediated through technology. This is known as the zone of proximal development (ZPD).

Content is a tyrant.

Learning with 'e's

The imminent arrival of widespread 4G broadband and LTE ( Long Term Evolution ) will usher in wider availability to information and push even more data to our mobile devices over the same amount of radio spectrum. But in adopting these communication advances, are we also opening the door for a deluge of content? Are we not already swamped by a tsunami of content? Knowledge comes about through learning and through the diligent application of information.

Communities and Networks Connection

Tony Karrer

This is a great week for content communities. And there's a very interesting effect and a realization (aha moment) I've had about all of this that I describe near the bottom. Yesterday, I was able to announce that I've been working with Judy Brown to launch the Mobile Learning Content Community. Today I get to announcement that I've been working with Nancy White to launch the: Communities and Networks Connection For those of you who don't know Nancy.

The clusterfuck known as social learning

Janet Clarey

Sorry for the vulgarity in the title but I read a whopper of a quote from my always thought-provoking colleague, Gary Woodill, and what ensued in my mind was nothing more than a clusterfuck. (My My definition of clusterfuck is complicated confusion and chaos.) This is a confusion of the means with the ends.&#. From the end of 2008 and on, it really grew some legs. In fact, it’s a clusterfuck of meaning. Effective?

Games Build Community & Associations: ASAE Technology Conference Session

Web Courseworks

I will be speaking at one of the last Idea Labs at the ASAE Technology Conference next Friday, February 12 th at 3:30PM. I like to think that I was placed in this “closing” position because conference organizers felt that the topic of “Using eLearning Games to Recruit, Engage, and Educate Members” would keep attendees energized until the very end of the conference. Kurt Squire’s class at the University of Wisconsin inspired me to look into the power of online games.

5 Time-saving Tips from the E-learning Community

Rapid eLearning

A few days ago I came across this thread in the user community. In it, Dave Newgass was asking how to build an interaction of a person going in and out of a cubicle. He got a couple of responses and a demo PowerPoint file to review. Dave’s question (and the feedback he got) really speak to the value of the user community and why you need to be part of it if you aren’t already. Asking questions builds a pool of tips and tricks.

Ritual

Clark Quinn

I’ve talked before about the power of ritual, but while powerful, it also seemed piecemeal. That is, there were lots of hints, but not a coherent theory. There are a number of elements that are on tap for involving the senses. Semantics come, of course, from your needs.

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5 Strategies to Maximize and Measure the Impact of Training Programs

EI Design

A majority of the trainings get delivered as planned and are normally tracked for registrations, completions, timely completions, and assessment scores. This is a tough mandate to do justice to; there is a need for resources at several levels, over an extended period of time.

I Believe in the Importance of a Personal Learning Network

Tom Spiglanin

I hadn’t yet recognized the value of connectedness , but knew immediately that I was learning from each of these encounters. I had more than a dozen individuals I interacted with regularly, and we would discuss thoughts, ideas, and plans related to one or more aspects of learning and development. Much of what I found I now consider useless or completely wrong. A community of practice is a group of people who share a profession or field of practice.

6 Strategies You Can Use To Design Effective eLearning For Your Millennial Workforce

Adobe Captivate

In this article, I will explain 6 strategies that you can use to effectively engage and motivate your millennial workforce. Of late, there has been a lot of discussion on the need for corporates to re-evaluate their existing learning strategies so that they can meaningfully engage millennial workforce. For instance in India, over 50% of the workforce by 2020 will be Millennials). What Are The Traits Of The Millennial Workforce That Impact The Learning Strategy?

March 2011 in Review

Jane Hart

In terms of my professional reading, I added around 25 articles to my 2011 Reading List, but here are 3 that I’ve marked as must-reads. “I’m not an idiot&# – a letter from an agonized adult learner , Geeta Bose, IDiot, 9 March 2010 This one sums up what I feel about a lot of e-learning I see; it has been &# dumbed down&# and “controlled&# so much that it becomes insulting for the educated user. How do we unleash the power of networked learning?

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L&D's New Hatrack

ID Reflections

The future of work is going to be radically different from what we have experienced so far. An increasingly global and uber connected workforce, globally distributed organizations, dispersed expertise, ubiquitous connectivity powered by the affordances of social, local and mobile (SoLoMo) and the economy of individuals are giving rise to completely different working and learning behaviors. The table below summarizes some of the ways that users can contribute.

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6 Strategies You Can Use To Design Effective eLearning For Your Millennial Workforce

EI Design

In this article, I will explain 6 strategies that you can use to effectively engage and motivate your millennial workforce. Of late, there has been a lot of discussion on the need for corporates to re-evaluate their existing learning strategies so that they can meaningfully engage millennial workforce. For instance in India, over 50% of the workforce by 2020 will be Millennials). What Are The Traits Of The Millennial Workforce That Impact The Learning Strategy?

Will we still need L&D?

Clark Quinn

Alternatively, could the role of L&D ramp down? David Geary has been identified as a proponent of a distinction between evolutionarily different levels of learning. The idea as I comprehend it is that we’ve evolved to learn certain types of things. And then there’s the notion of bootstrapping in a new domain. If, of course, we extend L&D to support informal learning (and I suggest we should ), there’s another opportunity.

At the edge

Clark Quinn

Each also represents a diversity of settings and needs. These represent some folks working at the edge, away from the ‘event’ Mark Britz , facing more experts than novices, structured his corporate university as a network, not a series of courses. Communities of Practice served as a model for this thinking. Instead of courses, the solution connected those with demonstrable skills to mentor those who could benefit.

Coherent Implications

Clark Quinn

One of the things to do with models is use them as the basis to explain and predict. There are three layers: work teams composed of members from different communities of practice, that are connected outward to broader social networks. An important element is the flow of information within the model; ensuring that there are no barriers to making effective choices. And of course they should share their learnings back with the community.

Measurement & ROI for Social & Network Learning

Experiencing eLearning

This isn’t my usual comprehensive live blogging, just snippets of things that caught my interest. I wanted to actually participate in the chat and watch Twitter too, and I couldn’t juggle all of it at the same time. This is post 2 of 3. In chat, vivien disagreed: “I don’t agree that social learning is always downstream of training intervention&#. But maybe we can’t just shoehorn social learning into one part of the chart.

Piecing together collaboration and cooperation

Clark Quinn

In an insightful piece , Harold Jarche puts together how collaboration and cooperation are needed to make organizations work ‘smarter’, integrating workgroups with the broader social network by using communities of practice as the intermediary. This makes a lot of sense to me, and I was inspired to take a look at the practices within those categories. (Jay I put reflection underpinning all of these, as a core practice.

Detailing the Coherent Organization

Clark Quinn

I had, as Harold’s original model provided the basis for, separate groups for Work Teams, Communities of Practice, and Social Networks. In Work Teams, I had included: share problems, co-coach, assist, brainstorm effectively, continuous feedback, welcome contributions, learn from mistakes, align with mission, narrate work, champion diversity, and measure improvement. In addition to the connecting tasks, we see several overarching types of behaviors.

Inoculating the organization

Clark Quinn

I was having a discussion the other day with my ITA colleague Jay Cross, and the topic wandered over to how to use the social approaches we foster under the umbrella of the Coherent Organization to help organizations become one. In the course of the conversation it occurred to me that given the model we propose, that you can’t just have the broader social network create it, and you can’t even really build a community of practice (CoP).

PKM is our part of the social learning contract

Jane Hart

PKM is also a key skill of being an effective autonomous learner – as we can see from the many individuals who are already organizing and managing their own personal learning strategies in the organization – and consequently a key aspect of BYOL (Bring Your Own Learning). The PKM framework is based on eight years of practical research and use. Yesterday, Harold Jarche shared the image on the right, in his post To learn, we must do.

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