Communities of Practice Need Some Practice

Nick Leffler

This is my 3rd post in my journey to cover my thoughts and ideas on the four topics covered in week 3 of the Exploring Innovations in Networked Work and Learning cMOOC. Defining Communities of Practice (CoP). It’s hard to define a Community of Practice, but I think a good start would be to quote a Tweet I recently saw from another MSLOC430 participant. Those that attend do so out of obligation after a while, not interest.

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.

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!

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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!

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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.

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. What can this organization teach the rest of us about effective social learning strategies ?

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.” 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.

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.

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Six Obstacles to Building Communities in Organizations

ID Reflections

This is one of the most inclusive descriptions that captures the various threads and reasons for building communities in organizations. Here are some of the challenges: 1. The result is the creation of a tension between a competitive and a collaborative mindset.

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.

Ambient learning

Learning with e's

Photograph from Pexels One of the most valuable properties in any organisation is intellectual capital - the intangible value of a business generated by its people. Ambient learning also relates to people adapting their technologies and environments to suit their working practices.

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.”

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.

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. Bless me blogger - for I have sinned.

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.

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 hadn’t yet recognized the value of connectedness , but knew immediately that I was learning from each of these encounters.

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.

From Instructional Design to Enterprise Community Facilitation

ID Reflections

This is a long overdue post, the draft of which had been languishing in my dropbox for some time--half forgotten. But finally I felt this needs to see the light of day. I have reached something of a cross-roads in my career, and I wanted to document the process of this arrival. It has been a long and exciting journey so far, dotted with exciting projects, some wonderful clients, and a tremendous amount of learning. The age of Connectivism was truly upon us.

Blogging as conversation

Learning with e's

"A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. My professional life is pretty hectic much of the time, and I needed a space to write down my ideas and record my thoughts before I forgot them.

MOOCs: Building Personal Learning Networks

Your Training Edge

For the past year or so, massive open online courses (MOOCs) have been busy upending all kinds of assumptions about education: content is king, quality education is expensive, and instructor-led training is the gold standard, to name just a few. One major change that MOOCs have greatly contributed to is the gaining recognition of learning as a primarily social activity, where the networks created are just as important (if not more important) as the content learned.

Knowledge, practice and community

Learning with e's

After a break from blogging during the summer break, I''m back, and here is the continuation of my series on theories of learning, with number 25. The previous post highlighted issues around the situated learning theory of Jean Lave. Craik and Lockhart Levels of Processing 6.

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. 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.

Will chat replace email? Slack thinks so.

Obsidian Learning

” The app, called Slack , is intended to facilitate group discussion and collaboration, and it works across a wide range of devices. One particularly intriguing feature of Slack is that most chats are archived and available for searching.

#LearningIs connected

Learning with e's

Students are connected to digital content through a variety of tools and technologies, increasingly through devices that are personally owned. Students are connected to each other through social media and networks. Learning in the digital age means being connected.

#LearningIs social

Learning with e's

Most of our learning is achieved within social contexts. I can't recall many examples where I have learnt something significant without the presence of others. Conversations are some of the richest learning experiences, even in our senior years. Humans are inherently social.

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.

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. Are we not already swamped by a tsunami of content?

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. Social is NOT a set of tools.

Network Skills

Tony Karrer

I personally believe that one of the areas where learning professionals need the most help is how communities and networks impact learning and building individual and facilitation skills around these: Knowing how to individually leverage Network Skills and Communities to help with work and learning tasks Community and Network Facilitation Skills to help others learn and work using networks and communities In my post Networks and Learning Communities , I looked a bit at this topic.

The importance of being networked

Learning with e's

In yesterday's blogpost Separation and connection I talked about the nature of social media and their capability to amplify human contact. Specifically, I made the point that Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) are enabled and strengthened when we make connections through social media tools.

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. She has been my go to person for all things Community for years. To me the inverse of this is true.

Why your Enterprise Social Network is your most valuable social learning platform

Jane Hart

This is the article I wrote for the January edition of Inside Learning Technologies magazine. For this reason the new enterprise social platforms (like Enterprise Social Networks (ESNs) that underpin social collaboration are your most valuable social learning platforms.

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. I took lots and lots of notes.

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.

Measurement & ROI for Social & Network Learning

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 2 of 3. Measurement & ROI for Social & Network Learning. This can be the social network. What is the ROI of email?

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.

T+D Webcast - Social Networking and Learning

Tony Karrer

For example, I was trying to demonstrate elements of my blog and found out that folks were not seeing anything. There was also the issue that we had a heck of a time getting into the system in the first place. I'm sure lots of other people experienced it - and weren't able to get in. Tony O'Driscoll did a comparison of the evolution of Web 1.0 It's a bit different than my comparison of eLearning 1.0

Performance - Collaboration - Social Network Analysis - eLearning Hot List

Tony Karrer

June 4, 2009 From E-Learning to Social Learning , June 10, 2009 Investigating the Application of Social Software to Support Networked Learning , June 4, 2009 Top Keywords Social Learning (34) Social Network Analysis (4) Collaboration (43) Mobile Learning (18) Performance (46) Learning Management System (11) eLearning Technology. eLearning Learning Hot List June 1, 2009 to June 12, 2009 Top Posts The following are the top posts from featured sources based on social signals.

Do you brag about your personal learning network?

The Learning Circuits

One of the best things about being an instructional designer right now is that now more than ever we feel that our field is in the zeitgeist of what's happening in the media and technology worlds. What we do (rather, how we do it) is influenced greatly by technologies that support more flexible means of communication and collaboration. Of course, our response to this turn of events should be elation - finally, Charles Jennings can stop talking about 70-20-10 !

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.