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.

ASAE 2010 Annual: Leaders of Communities of Practice

Web Courseworks

Associations are the hub of activity for "communities of practice.” Communities of practice are voluntary. Professionals join to gain access to peers, best practices, and education. What makes associations successful as communities of practice? Traditionally, associations have achieved the above objectives through face to face conferences.

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ASAE Annual: A Gathering of People Who Build Communities of Practice

Web Courseworks

Due to a cancellation of this year’s Technology Conference, a lot of focus will be put on the learning labs for the Business of Technology track, and I have a feeling it will not be a disappointment. Associations can create communitites of practice. Since taking graduate level courses in Adult Learning Theory, I have been intrigued by Lave and Wengers’ writings on communities of practice.

A Brief Introduction – Communities of Practice Manager

The Learning Circuits

As Ryann mentioned in a previous post, I’m the Community of Practice Manager for Learning Technologies at ASTD. In this role, I engage with the community and help build ASTD’s portfolio of content—from T+D articles to books to educational programs to conferences and beyond. I also help foster discussion and debate within the community. Indeed, no area in world of learning is more exciting than Learning Technologies.

Beyond Face-to-Face: Solving the Digital Practice Problem

Speaker: Bryan Naas, Director of Sales Enablement, Lessonly

Just like training and practice is the cornerstone of any top athlete or artist, the same is true in the workplace. But in the world of sales, practice is often restricted to conference room role-playing and in-person scenarios. Join Bryan Naas, Sales Enablement Director at Lessonly, to learn the tactics you can use to make digital practice a part of the fabric of your teams’ daily schedules.

What is a Community of Practice?

Breakthrough eLearning

I just received a letter and brochure in the mail from the eLearning Guild extolling the virtues of their upcoming annual conference in Boston this April. The letter urges me to join their "community of practice" at this event, and to experience "peer-to-peer interaction." Well, I attended last year's conference, and certainly did not experience a great deal of peer-to-peer interaction or feel part of a genuine community of practice.

Lessons from eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions Conference

Web Courseworks

eLearning Guild a True Community of Practice The Learning Solutions Conference serves as the largest of the eLearning Guild’s yearly conferences and brings together professionals seeking to identify, deploy and manage technology-based learning solutions. I was unable to attend the event last week, but I caught up with Jean Marrapodi, eLearning Guild and Learning Solutions Conference veteran, [.].

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.

Elevating Professional Development at a Unique Cobb Conference

Web Courseworks

I was excited to be able to spend a few minutes interviewing Tagoras’s Jeff Cobb about his upcoming Learning • Technology • Design (LTD) Conference. Since the publication of his book, Leading the Learning Revolution , Jeff Cobb and partner Celisa Steele have built a great business around their Leading Learning brand. Tagoras’s LTD conference will provide a unique experience for attendees. Intimacy is so important that Tagoras is limiting conference attendees to 150.

At Healthcare Educators’ Conference, “A Culture of Performance Improvement in Practice”

Web Courseworks

CME and other forms of continuing education in the health professions have been influenced by the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), and with expected changes to that legislation, educational practitioners naturally wonder about the effects on their field. Regardless of whether the ACA is eventually repealed, reformed, and/or replaced, performance improvement is deeply engrained in 21 st -century healthcare CE. AAPA: American Academy of Physician Assistants.

ATD WebCast Recap: Blended Learning Instructional Design

InSync Training

I’d like to thank the ATD Learning & Development Community of Practice for hosting a Webcast on June 1, when I delivered Blended Learning Instructional Design: A Modern Approach. I am so thankful to all of the attendees for contributing to the conversation. And don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the post for all of the valuable resources. Blended learning Conferences

Learning Solutions Conference: Experts of the Guild

Web Courseworks

I have been impressed over the years with the fine work of David Holcombe and Heidi Fisk, founders of the eLearning Guild. When it comes to eLearning, the Guild is a trusted source of information, networking and a true community of practice. This is topped only by the way they organize events to promote the professional development of those of us in eLearning.

Conferences can be better, a whole lot better

Jay Cross

The conference business is booming yet every participant has some major gripe about the way conferences are run. In the beginning of the year, I looked into the future of conferences. Would they go the way of record stores and newspapers? I concluded that: Flipping conference presentations can vastly improve learning outcomes. Community First! Events should focus on nurturing the L&D community of practice before content.

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.

Using Social Media to Improve Workplace Learning

Janet Clarey

I had uploaded my slides an hour early and took care of all the necessary details – shut off cell phone and house phone, banished children from my immediate area, let the dog out, shut the windows, and…special bonus this week…asked my contractor not to run the power saw or pound sheet rock from 1-2 pm. I forgot to tell him the part about me needing electricity and, of course, at 12:55 I lost power. Most of us reported moderate usage social media.

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. New forms of assessments.

Rethinking conferences

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

When I signed up for Spaces for Interaction: An Online Conversation about Improving the Traditional Conference , I didn’t appreciate how timely the topic would become. Conferences have traditionally provided foundation knowledge for instructional designers, trainers, CLOs, and others in the field. I’ve learned a whale of a lot from these events over the last twenty years. Conference attendance have played a vital role in our professional development.

The eLearning Guild Awards: DevLearn 2013 Conference & Expo by Bill Brandon

Learning Solutions Magazine

An important part of every eLearning Guild conference is recognition of those professionals who contribute. to our eLearning community of practice. This year at DevLearn, the latest Guild Master, and the winners of. the DemoFest received the applause and praise of those in attendance. Design Strategies Development Strategies Professional Development Training Strategies

Big News Out of ASTD International Conference & Expo 2014

OpenSesame

This past week I had the privilege of attending my first ASTD (American Society for Training & Development) conference in Washington D.C. One of the biggest announcements to come out of the conference, however, was not a new product or service. Some rebrandings results in increased awarness, like Old Spice’s clever series of commericals , while others create a bitter backlash, such as Tropicana in 2009.

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Cows and Cakes at the IITT Training 2010 Conference

Rob Hubbard

I had the great pleasure of speaking at the IITT’s Training 2010 conference in the Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square in London this week. He lamented the fact that elearning conferences were no longer as rock n’roll as they used to be (were they ever?) The following day Clive held back somewhat from taking pot-shots at a number of sacred cows of learning theory and practice.

What is an Instructional Designer and how to become one?

Educraft.tech - Technology meets Education

Though IDs is required to possess an extensive set of skills, t he most important task is to carefully analyse how students learn and choose the appropriate materials and methods that will most effectively help them improve or acquire new knowledge. Types of Instructional Designers.

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. The conference attracts strong attendance and some 150 exhibitors. Those engaged in applying educational technology for communities of practice are also targeted.

eLearning Guild Gathering Significant Event

Web Courseworks

This week at the Learning Solutions Conference & Expo that is taking place in Orlando, Florida at the Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort from March 23rd – 25th, I am excited to have the opportunity to speak at three sessions. For those of you who may not be familiar with the Learning Solutions Conference, it is a considerably significant event hosted by the eLearning Guild which offers a gathering space for thousands of individuals who are dedicated to education using the internet.

EDGEX 2012: About Disruptive Education

ID Reflections

This sentence from Stephen Downes post AWorld to Change best exemplifies one of the key drivers behind a conferencelike EDGEX2012: We need to move beyondthe idea that an education is something that is provided for us, and toward theidea that an education is something that we create for ourselves. It’s gettinga bit difficult to focus on my daily work, the BAU stuff and not wander off inmy head to the conference. conference education EDGEX2012 social learning MOOC Connectivism

Possible obstacles in implementing blended learning and how to deal with them

Matrix

This approach to corporate L&D is the right answer to the demands of a very dynamic (and often unpredictable) business environment, as well as to the changing needs and expectations of the modern learner. Read more: When it’s time to let go of an LMS.

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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Staying Relevant in E-Learning in 2014

E-learning Uncovered

We thought it would be helpful to have a list of them here, in one place. Conferences: * ASTD TechKnowledge : January 22-24, 2014, Las Vegas, NV. Lectora User’s Conference : March 31 – April 4, 2014, Los Angeles, CA. ASTD ICE (International Conference and Exposition) : May 4-7, 2014, Washington, D.C. Online Learning Conference : September 22-25, 2014, Chicago, IL. Artisan will be speaking at each conference noted with an asterisk.

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Using a collaborative platform for brilliant learning

Jane Hart

That’s the topic of my webinar at the Online Learning & Skills Conference that will take place on Thursday 28 June from 1 pm – 1.45 Present an overview of the key social features of social collaboration platforms. Demonstrate a number of examples of social activities she has set up. > Find out more about the online LSG conference that runs 26-28 June here.

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.

Micro-Elements (Things) in Social Learning - From the ASTD International Conference

Vignettes Learning

Top management directed me to see how we can launch Social Networking and Learning to 45,000 of our employees."These This reminds me of the days when companies would say, we will require 30,000 employees to finish this e-learning course using the LMS. Please download the PDF version of the PowerPoint. On page 28 and 29, knowing the nature of your participants, your culture, business demands and available facilitators are important.

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Learning About the Future of Learning

Web Courseworks

This week I am excited to mention yet another conference that I have high hopes for and am eager to participate in. This conference offers a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere that should foster innovation and inspiration in all who attend as a journey of discovery with new association management techniques begins. As you may or may not already know, I like to refer to associations as our real “communities of practice.”

eLearning Guild to Produce Rapid Intake's DevCon Events by News Editor

Learning Solutions Magazine

The eLearning Guild, the leading global community of practice for eLearning professionals, has taken over production of the eLearning DevCon™ & mLearning DevCon™ conferences from Callidus Software, which acquired them as part of its 2011 acquisition of Rapid Intake. These events will expand the Guild’s offerings of highly technical developer-oriented content at its events.

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.

Allison Anderson Learning Together at Intel at Corporate U Week

Learning Visions

allisonanderson Learning Together: How Intel’s Learning Community of Practice Role Models “New” Learning with Allison Anderson 50+learning orgs at Intel – well over 650 people taking care of learning…Most people don’t have learning or training in their titles…hard to say exactly how many. Highly diverse population – lots of people with lots of different needs. LCOP (Learning Community of Practice) is their COP of learning people from around the org.

Maximize Your Professional Development with Industry Memberships

eLearning Brothers

Association for Talent and Development (ATD): ATD is an organization that helps employers, HR representatives, and almost everybody who is in charge of the development of employees. They do this mainly by providing information in the form of research, webinars, conferences, and even educational programs online, on demand and face-to-face. TD at Work (4 digital issues/yr): 16-24 page resource that help in gaining proficiency in a variety of practical topics.

Learning from Experimentation

Clark Quinn

At the recent LearnTec conference, I was on a panel with my ITA colleagues, Jane Hart, Harold Jarche, and Charles Jennings. We were talking about how to lift the game of Modern Workplace Learning , and each had staked out a position, from human performance consulting to social/informal. Mine (of course :) was at the far end, innovation. Of course I diagrammed the relationship in a quick sketch. I put in ‘now’, because that’s of course when you start.

What is Connections: xAPI?

MakingBetter

We may well do something like a conference or a “camp” around xAPI and as we get ready, if you’re on our mailing list or contact us , we’ll keep you posted. When we’re at a large tradeshow, people often approach us to talk about the applications of xAPI in solving their company’s problems. This is about sharing, hands-on practice, and collaborative design. Let’s get out of the marketing and rhetoric.

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Contest - Win a Free Copy of Digital Habitats via LearnTrends 2009

Tony Karrer

Nancy has been my go to person for all things Communities and Networks and worked with me to create Communities and Networks Connection. So naturally when Nancy and John (with Etienne Wenger) put out the book Digital Habitats; Stewarding Technology for Communities I was very excited. And while I know they all have a deep understanding of CoPs I tend to ask Etienne the theory questions, Nancy the technology questions and John the group dynamics questions.

My takeaways from OEB18: communities, AI and 3D-smarts and some very practical stuff

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

For the first time in my life I went to the OEB learning technologies conference in Berlin. It was a great conference. when it ended, but completely energized and full of new ideas! Thanks to Wilfred Rubens for pointing me to this conference and tips to navigate the conference. I followed his advice of doing a pre-conference session with Jef Staes which was one of my highlights. Wilfred also blogged about the conference.

THREE STRATEGIES FOR LEADING VIRTUAL SALES TEAMS

PDG

It’s the understatement of the century to say that the sales landscape looks a lot different now than it did a year ago. Out of sight, out of mind” is not a strategy built for remote sales success. Include impressive statistics: Use the power of proof to design memorable slides.