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 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.

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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.

Now What? Beyond Networks

Experiencing eLearning

These are my notes from the Learn Trends: Networked and Social Learning online mini-conference. 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 3 of 3. Beyond Networks. Benefits of personal network (brainstorm from the group). community of practice.

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.

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.

I Believe in the Importance of a Personal Learning Network

Tom Spiglanin

When I started using Twitter for my professional growth and development, I didn’t realize that I was also starting to build my personal learning network. I simply found myself tweeting at a learning and development conference using its hashtag and others began connecting with me. After the conference, I discovered Twitter chats and began participating in them regularly. Much of what I found I now consider useless or completely wrong.

Learning & Development Conferences for 2020

Limestone Learning

For many L&D/T&D professionals, a conference is an opportunity to delve into a community of practice where you can see how other professionals are incorporating new innovations and tools into their work. Conferences

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. Chaos and uncertainty versus knowing and order, and the educational impact of rhizomatic approaches to learning.

TCC08: Creating and Teaching a College-Level Undergraduate Course in Social Networking

Experiencing eLearning

This is another liveblogged post from the TCC 2008 conference, presented by Robert Fulkerth, Ageno School of Business, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA. Developed a course on social networking for business. Use online library databases to research social networking. Past predictions about online communities assumed text because that was what was available. Many businesses consider time on social networking sites wasted, but not all.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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. and Social Networking tools.

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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!

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.

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.

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.

A Global Balancing Act: Firm Gets L&D Going on the Right Foot With Degreed

Degreed

To operate smoothly, one of the world’s top professional services organizations must carefully balance independence with cooperation. . Cooperation comes into play because the network pools its resources and shares expertise to work more efficiently.

In Delhi: EDGEX2012

ID Reflections

I am siting aboard a Jet Airways flight on my way to attend and present at the EDGEX2012 conference in Delhi. I am sure Viplav Baxi has already started his day and the folks are already meeting at the Habitat Center, the location of the conference. I am looking forward to 3 days of insights, learning and most importantly, getting to meet others similarly passionate about education. Viplav calls it the Disruptive Educational Conference. It resides in the network.

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.

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.

Four roles for social media in workplace learning

Clive on Learning

I write this as I travel to Birmingham to participate in a panel discussion with Nick Shackleton-Jones and Robin Hoyle on the role of social media in learning. The discussion forms part of the agenda for the World of Learning Conference, an event that I have enjoyed participating in for something like ten years now. We learn through our own experiences and the experiences of those around us, but only if we make a conscious effort to reflect.

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. Microcontent is little bits of digital information in a permanent state of flux and circulation.

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.

Best Practices for Blended Learning Design

Web Courseworks

This is the story of a university extension certificate program that is doing both. My wife recently enrolled in an eight-month program called Professional Life Coaching Certificate (PLCC) Program offered by the Continuing Studies branch of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. I witnessed second hand what I believe to be an example of best practice for blended learning design. Key Ingredients of Blended Learning Program Design.

10 top tips and essential resources for newcomers to elearning

Rob Hubbard

Being immersed in the digital learning world, it’s easy to forget that there are an awful lot of people out there who are just exploring using technology for learning for the first time and boy can it be overwhelming… what author-tool, LMS, LRS, design methodology do I use? What about AR, VR and all this newer tech – should I be looking at that and oh what a lot of providers there are, how do I know who to choose? Read the blogs of the best in elearning.

Weapon of mass detraction

Learning with e's

I'm talking about the use of Twitter as a weapon of mass detraction - as a means of heckling keynote speakers at conferences. Tweckling has happened several times over the course of the year in high profile conferences. Galper was keynote speaker at the High Ed Web 2009 conference held in Milwaukee, USA earlier in the year. It's not the only occurance of 'harshtagging' either. It became a phenomenon in 2009. No, not Twitter.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Brent Schlenker: Marketers and Game Developers Know More About Learning Than We Do!

Learning Visions

hosted by Training Magazine Network. ** Disclaimers: “I am not a marketer or a game developer.&# (Although he plays a LOT of games). Point of today’s conversation: talking training, design and development if a marketing person were doing it. We bow to the will of the SME… Little room for creativity New technology gives us new tools. A big part of marketing IS education -- what is the product? Elements of an ad campaign.

May 2011 Review

Jane Hart

But first a review of May 2011. First of all, although I had been a regular, if not a daily blogger, I found that I was spending more and more time sharing resources and links in Twitter that I didn’t have time to do my daily posts. So I decided to try an experiment and that was to use the Twitter Tools plugin in WordPress to create a daily digest of my tweets. Roles in communities of practice , Joitske Hulsebosc, Lasagna and chips, 9 May 2011.

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2.0 is a philosophy, not a technology

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Internet Time Alliance spent a couple of days last week putting the 2.0 Informal Communities of practice. Informal Community e-news. Informal Conference/tradeshow. Social Social networking. into a tedious proposal for a large, forward-facing multinational corporation. Among our recommendations were: Informal Live webcasts. Informal Recorded webinars. Informal Video conferencing.