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.

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.

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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2017: The Year of Blended Learning, Emerging EdTech, & Modern Design

InSync Training

Learning technologies (EdTech), communities of practice, lifelong learning, and the myriad other great concepts we’ve been hearing about for the last two decades. Of course, to meet this resolution, we need to be learners first. Welcome to 2017, the year when it all comes together.

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.

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. Teaching and learning practices benefit from the collective knowledge that social technology provides.

The most updated and informative e-Learning community on Twitter

eFront

News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 11/28/2010 The most updated and informative e-Learning community on Twitter On Twitter exists a resourceful community of e-Learning professionals. During the last 2 years I was able to exchange ideas, share thoughts, and learn from this community of practice. Very informative for the e-Learning community!

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.

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.

Nuts and Bolts: Narrating Our Work by Jane Bozarth

Learning Solutions Magazine

Here’s a true story about physical rehab turned learning turned hobby turned community of practice turned two successful businesses, all via informal, social means. Emerging Topics Professional Development Social MediaAnd all within six months.

Invest in Your Development with The eLearning Guild by Jennifer Neibert

Learning Solutions Magazine

As a community of practice, The eLearning Guild is based on the idea that members share with, and. events, real-world research reports chock-full of practical insights, and thought-provoking content. Emerging Topics Getting Started Professional Development learn. from, other members. And 2014 is shaping up to be another exciting year! With face-to-face and. virtual.

Deep learning and expertise

Clark Quinn

Here, I’m suggesting that the goal of deep learning is expertise. We’ve automated enough of the component elements that we can use our conscious processes to make expert judgments in addressing performance requirements. Now, these responses can vary in their degree of transfer.

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. It’s about locus of control.

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.

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.

The Future of the LMS

Bottom-Line Performance

We started the month talking about the features and functions of learning management systems. 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. Most respondents use all of the 12 major learning tools and technologies listed on the survey in their portals.

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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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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.

Video:Bringing Mobile Phone Development to the classroom

Kapp Notes

The ICT Center Community of Practice supplies educators with the classroom content and information they need to educate technicians by making the knowledge of subject-matter experts readily accessible to industry and academia in a variety of formats. The ICT Center serves as a critical resource to education, business and industry focusing on other emerging technologies in which the creation, storage and movement of information is of critical importance.

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.

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.

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.

How L&D can stay ahead of the technology curve

Sponge UK

An interview with David Kelly of The Elearning Guild As an L&D professional, staying ahead in a changing world is a major challenge. New technologies may hold promise but evaluating them for use within your own organisation is practically a full time job in itself. It is the oldest community of practice for the elearning industry. Why should L&D teams stay across emerging and new technologies?

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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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.

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. These are all areas of interest for me, and my hope and plan is to find (make) sufficient time to explore each of these in depth.

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.

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.

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.

Key Social Learning Resources: Part 2

Jane Hart

not only about learning from others, but about continuously learning from others at the time of need to get the job done.”. “This mentality is very different from the mindset that many of us are used to – officially “learning&# or gaining knowledge during a teaching session, but then immediately storing that knowledge away afterwards in order to “get back to work.&#. But too often there is talk of the need for “community management&#.

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.

Leaving Trails

Clark Quinn

So I was away for the weekend at a retreat with like-minded souls, Up to All of Us , thinking deeply about the issues that concern us. In a session on supporting the growth of design awareness, we were being led through an exercise on body-storming (using role plays to work through issues), and one of the elements that surfaced was posting your designs on the walls in places where it’s hard to see others’ work. Communities of practice similarly need such evidence.

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.

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 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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