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Social Learning vs. Communities of Practice

Janet Clarey

When it comes to the terms “Social Learning” and “Communities of Practice”, many people in the corporate learning realm are confused, myself included. We think we know what these mean one day, and then the next day a new theory or idea emerges that turns the whole idea of each upside down and inside out. Are Social Learning and Communities of Practice different? Social Learning is more focused on the needs of the individual.

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.

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Six Obstacles to Building Communities in Organizations

ID Reflections

Rachel Happe begins her latest post, 10 Trends for the Future of Communities , with a comprehensive description of the various intersecting and intermingling streams and characteristics that inform communities, and I am quoting her below: Communities sit at the intersection of a number of trends; social media, digital transformation, a generational shift to prioritize purposeful work, the future of work, change management, leadership and social learning.

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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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. Managers should support and energize communities, not neglect and ignore them.

MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 5: Skills Learners Need Today

Learnnovators

While the title of the post specifies MOOCs, the skills and mindsets I have explored in the post are, IMHO, required by all to survive and thrive in the digital and connected world. And participating in MOOCs could well be one of the ways to inculcate and hone the skills. I have been writing about MOOCs in the context of workplace learning from different perspectives for some time now. A MOOC is an intrinsically participative, collaborative mode of learning.

Personal Learning Networks: For Ongoing Learning in a Connected World

ID Reflections

I have recently joined the open section of #MSLOC 430 - a graduate course in the Master''s Program in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University. The four topics we are planning to deep dive into in the first two weeks are: a) Networked learning, b) Personal Learning Networks, c) MOOCs, and d) Communities of Inquiry. Here''s a list of related posts on learning in a networked world. A PLN is an enabler of such learning.

Recommended Reading Summary: A Chapter of “Emerging Technologies for the Classroom”

Adobe Captivate

In October, I posted some recommended reading that complemented one of my classes on gamification. I’ve since started writing chapter summaries (here is the last article ) so people can “preview” some of the great books out there and hopefully end up reading them! Google Scholar features most of the chapter for free. Social media and social networking sites allow individuals and groups to collaborate and learn together.

Re-imagining Work & Learning in a Networked World

ID Reflections

"The nature of work is changing. The changes to society will be vast" by @gapingvoid We are on the eve of 2015! Most of us do a retrospection of the year gone by, and a future-spection of the year to come. These are The Shift: The Future of Work is Already Here by Dr. Lynda Gratton (a book review coming up soon), and The Second Machine Age by Andrew Mcafee and Erik Brynjolfsson. This has wide-ranging implication on learning and the future of work.

Enterprise Community Management: “joining up” learning and working

Jane Hart

For some time now I’ve sensed a split in the learning profession in terms of recognising the value and importance of self-managed learning as it takes place in the flow of daily work. they have designed, delivered, tracked and managed the whole process), then it is of little relevance or consequence to the L&D department, and view self-organised team learning as a “work” activity, and hence the sole responsibility of line managers.

Networked pedagogy

Learning with 'e's

New theories for the networked, digital age, emerging cultures of learning and a hyper-connected and networked society. Differentials between academic practices, and the variety of roles we adopt within communities of practice and learning. The impact of traditional education on contemporary pedagogical practices. The future of education and the potential impact of new and emerging technologies.

PLN or CoP?

Learning with 'e's

That''s quite an apt result because Google and many of the other large, supposedly ''free'' social media tools are very much focused on making money to sustain their operations. Nor is it about the morality of social media companies. In the context of this post, PLN stands for Personal Learning Network , and CoP stands for Communities of Practice. A quick search reveals that not a lot has been written about the juxtaposition of the two.

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).

Digital learning in organisations

Learning with 'e's

I have been busy writing a new book, and the last month has involved a lot of research and writing, completing, editing and polishing of my manuscript for final submission later this month. It was about time I tackled another sector of learning and I have become very familiar with leaning and development in organisations over the last decade. The title of the book is 'Digital Learning in Organisations', and is already being marketed on Amazon and other online outlets.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Defining an e-Learning Strategy: Planning the Kickoff

Learning Visions

Thursday, June 14, 2007 Defining an e-Learning Strategy: Planning the Kickoff In the spirit of building a Community of Practice -- sharing ideas and processes -- I thought Id try and share what I can of a current project. Ive done a lot of e-Learning projects, created a lot of courses, but this is the first time that Ive been a part of the strategy itself. I did a lot of research in preparing our proposal and making our sales call.

Troubling Trends in Organizational Networks

Jay Cross

For all the talk about networks and knowledge sharing, it appears many organizations aren’t practicing it. In the middle of 2008, a notice appeared on the Informal Learning blog (informl.com) requesting participation in a survey of informal and Web 2.0 learning practices. A total of 235 responded. The results of the survey served as a catalyst for asking questions rather than proof of what’s going on. They are not tending their networks.

Back to ‘what’ Normal? #AulaCon

Technology Enhanced Learning Blog

This was a big thing for me, not least was how much effort it took to not only keep my diary free of meetings but also to keep the distractions and messages/calls/chat to a minimum so I could concentrate. had the rather huge title of ‘back to what normal?’

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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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27 Books for L&D Folks.

ID Reflections

There are many more that can be added to the list but I will keep that for another post…You can see some of them in the picture of my bookshelf above. Some of the might seem out of place in a list for L&D folks, but I think it is important to read around a subject to understand the context, and the emerging patterns. 6 Knowledge Management Cultivating Communities of Practice Etienne Wegner, et al. 25 Network/Web 2.0

Social Learning: August Pick of the Posts

Jane Hart

The focus of my August Pick of the Posts is social learning, and these posts all include some great graphics too. Some product experts will emerge. Maybe it won’t be on the scale of Pokémon Go —few things ever will be—but this is what “ social learning ” is. Communities emerge. It’s not about forcing people to participate and trying to control every bit of conversation. You know you are in a real community of practice when it changes your practice.

Unpacking collaboration and cooperation?

Clark Quinn

My colleague, Harold Jarche ( the PKM guy), has maintained that cooperation is of more value than collaboration. And for good reason, because cooperation comes from internal motivation instead of external direction. That’s why you see it in networks….

Workplace Learning in a World “Beyond Automation”

Learnnovators

With automation, AI and robots looming over the job scene, there seems to be a constant fear of humans losing out to computers and technology. It’s akin to one of our childhood sci-fi movies finally becoming a reality – the machines are taking over. The digital disruptors in the shape of Robots, Big Data and Sensors are here. However, this HBR article takes a different view of automation and digitization of work, going beyond the gloom and doom mindset.

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. Under Communities of Practice I listed: document practice, leave tracks, workshop issues, share examples, co-mentor, discuss principles, continually refine practice, think ‘out loud’, and share concerns. As I did so, some commonalities emerged.

Work Out Loud – Don’t Just Share What You Did

Nick Leffler

Today is the final day of my four-day journey to cover my thoughts on this week’s topics for the online cMOOC Exploring Innovations in Networked Work and Learning. I’ve already covered the wonderful topics of crowdsourcing , idea management and design and yesterday’s communities of practice. This is my favorite topic out of the four. Working out loud is opposite of just showing the final work.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): "Object-Centered Sociality" or What is Really at the Heart of Social Networks

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « "A Technology Flip Test: Introducing Channels in a World of Platforms" (Andrew McAfee) | Main | The Pentagon Channel - Embracing Video Big Time » September 01, 2007 "Object-Centered Sociality" or What is Really at the Heart of Social Networks I couldve sworn I had posted about this before but I cant find it.but talk about old.the spur for this post is from 2005!

The Future of the LMS

Bottom-Line Performance

We started the month talking about the features and functions of learning management systems. In a sense, she saw the LMS as more like a social network and less like a database. In this online community, learners can create their own “real&# with profiles and list their experience; by searching the profiles, learners can use the LMS to contact others for help and support in a specific subject area. It uses Moodle to generate a 3D version of the LMS in Second Life.

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10 Reasons to Join The eLearning Guild

Web Courseworks

Fast forward to present day, companies and larger national associations now have managers and a staff of course developers, most of which have full bachelor’s degrees or at the very least, a 2-year advanced degree or a certificate in web course design. If you are a professional instructional designer or online course developer, you probably belong to the community of practice called the eLearning Guild. Conferences and Other Networking Opportunities.

The Changing Face of Work and Workplace Learning

ID Reflections

Now that my disclaimers are in place, let me explain the premise of the post title and what I intend to discuss in this post. I am not doing (at least trying not to) today what I did five years back--not only in terms of professional and personal growth but with respect to the demands of the time. Technology has brought about unprecedented changes at a pace that is challenging all notions of flexibility and adaptability. But I see this as an emerging trend.

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Where is L&D heading?

E-Learning Provocateur

The topic of the evening was Where is L&D Heading? and some questions were posted through by the attendees ahead of time, while others emerged through the discourse. Here is an overview of my answers, plus elaborations and suggestions for further reading, for each of the questions that was (and was not) asked. Is the race to the bottom on time and price for degrees affecting employers’ perceptions of universities? The moot point of MOOCs.

Tips and Tricks for Web 2.0

Bottom-Line Performance

technologies are (and more of them are supposed to be), implementing them successfully is neither simple nor easy. A few stories have emerged of viral information spreading seemingly spontaneously on the internet. On the other side of that coin, thousands of people have created and uploaded youtube videos, hoping to become internet famous to no avail. Our YouTube video of The Training Word , in contrast, has gotten a whopping 152 views.

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Expanding your company L&D strategy to CoPs

Matrix

We often say that people are the most important resource a company can have and that the success of any organization is directly connected to its people. One thing that should always be part of the mix to achieving this is a sound L&D company strategy. And this is where Communities of Practice — or CoPs — can jump in to save the day. A CoP is not a simple community. The boundaries of a CoP are much more flexible than those of an organizational unit.

LearnTrends: Microlearning

Experiencing eLearning

Microlearning – the learning that results from “micro” content published in short form and limited by the software and devices used to view it – offers alternatives to traditional development methods for workers who deal with web-based information as part of their job. Let’s discuss how microlearning might address the realities of learning in a digital age. Current definitions: Microlearning emerges from microcontent. It is the sharing of resurces.

ASAE TECH Preview- December 15 and 16th

Web Courseworks

The association of association executives, ASAE, (American Society of Association Executives) holds a technology conference each year in December. I have attended about half of the total conferences held and I am excited that this year is its 10th anniversary. Those engaged in applying educational technology for communities of practice are also targeted. Here is a quick preview of what you might miss educationally if you do not attend.

Initial reflections on Slow Learning #change11

Clark Quinn

A couple of themes have emerged that partly I want to elaborate on, and partly want to reflect upon. One of the themes that emerged is the rejection of the GPS idea, and extolling a preference for getting lost (I did explicitly mention that GPS’s do not help you learn the terrain, but I’ll add that they could). One of the issues is, for me, where you want to learn, and where you don’t.

THE CHANGING FACE OF WORK AND WORKPLACE LEARNING

Learnnovators

Now that my disclaimers are in place, let me explain the premise of the post title and what I intend to discuss in this post. I am not doing (at least trying not to) today what I did five years back–not only in terms of professional and personal growth but with respect to the demands of the time. Technology has brought about unprecedented changes at a pace that is challenging all notions of flexibility and adaptability. But I see this as an emerging trend.

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MOOCs in Workplace Learning - Part 5: Skills Learners Need Today

ID Reflections

While the title of the post specifies MOOCs, the skills and mindsets I have explored in the post are, IMHO, required by all to survive and thrive in the digital and connected world. And participating in MOOCs could well be one of the ways to inculcate and hone the skills. I have been writing about MOOCs in the context of workplace learning from different perspectives for some time now. A MOOC is an intrinsically participative, collaborative mode of learning.

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The Changing Face of Work and Workplace Learning

Learnnovators

Now that my disclaimers are in place, let me explain the premise of the post title and what I intend to discuss in this post. I am not doing (at least trying not to) today what I did five years back–not only in terms of professional and personal growth but with respect to the demands of the time. Technology has brought about unprecedented changes at a pace that is challenging all notions of flexibility and adaptability. But I see this as an emerging trend.

Disruptive Educational Research Conference in India

Jay Cross

In the sixties I dreamed of visiting India but never made it. the emergence of network based, collaborative, social, informal and community-led approaches to learning) and Simulations & Serious Games (being able to seriously use these advanced learning tools at strategic scale). With the likes of George Siemens, Stephen Downes, Dave Cornier, Alec Couros, Clark Quinn, Grainne Conole, and me on board, I’m confident it will be.

Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | November 20, 2020

Mike Taylor

One of the highlights was all the texts, emails and other notes that make me smile as I reflect on the people sending them and how our paths have crossed over the years. It is a neat trip down memory lane of lots of really great people from literally around the world.

The differences between learning in an e-business and learning in a social business

Jane Hart

In my recent webinar I shared a slide that showed the 5 stages of workplace learning. This has attracted a lot of interest, and I’ve been asked to talk more about the differences between “learning” in Stages 1-4 and Stage 5. Although the advent of e-technology in the late 1990s changed businesses into e-businesses, this was essentially about automating existing business thinking and practices. Mix of face-to-face/. networked mindset). Function of L&D.

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