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.

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. Communities of practice focus on a subject.

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Recommended Reading Summary: A Chapter of “From Practice Fields to Communities of Practice”

Adobe Captivate

Last October, I posted some recommended reading that complemented one of my classes on gamification. I’ve since started writing chapter summaries (here is the first one ) so people can “preview” some of the great books out there and hopefully end up reading them! Chapter 2: From Practice Fields to Communities of Practice by Sasha Barab and Thomas Duffy (2012). The setting must be social and collaborative.

How to Create a Successful Community of Practice

Learning Wire

<div class=”page-chapo”>Communities of practice have existed within organizations for many years, usually taking the form of a group of people gathering together to share knowledge, to motivate each other, and build their expertise.</div> </div> The theory around communities of practice was developed by Etienne Wenger and Jean Lave in the early 1990s. How do communities of practice work?

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. Communities of Practice.

How to Create a Successful Community of Practice

Learning Wire

Communities of practice have existed within organizations for many years, usually taking the form of a group of people gathering together to share knowledge, to motivate each other, and build their expertise. The theory around communities of practice was developed by Etienne Wenger and Jean Lave in the early 1990s. Social networking tools like discussion forums, newsgroups and wikis were now being used to drive business performance.

How To Boost Engagement With Social Learning

Dan Keckan

Social learning is a great way for remote organizations to boost engagement, support development, encourage commitment and motivation, and ultimately increase long-term employee retention. Social Learning Community Of Practice Company Culture Remote Working Social Learning Tips

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.

Social Learning Has Its Place…And Informal Learning Does Too.

Dashe & Thomson

Two weeks ago Jane Hart wrote an article titled, Social Learning: to be or not to be? , 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.” She also states that “social learning (small S, small L) happens continuously – freely and openly – in everything we do – in work, learn and study.”.

Boots On The Ground: Introducing A Community of Practice at Bechtel by Paul Drexler and Ani Mukerji

Learning Solutions Magazine

A key activity for learning and development groups is supporting the growth and effectiveness of. informal and collaborative learning among employees or members of a community of practice. Social and mobile technologies are essential to success, as this case study illustrates. Management Strategies Social MediaThis is. essential (and inspiring) reading for all! Future Trends Learning 2.0

Give Learners a Voice by Incorporating Social Learning

Adobe Captivate

If you’re a fan of Adobe Captivate Prime, you may be aware of the new social learning features that were just released. My favorite new feature has to be the discussion boards, which allow groups of learners to share web based and user generated content easily. Social learning is an important developing aspect of the learning technology industry. Incorporate elements of constructivism into learning experiences.

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Social Learning Experiences: Making Better Connections

Talented Learning

It’s no secret – recently social media has had a rough ride. So why should we celebrate technologies that enable social learning experiences? 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.

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.

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.

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.

The Collapse of a Community of Practice (CoP)

bozarthzone

While the site shows 4,000 members, I would guess that truly active membership -- lots of posting, interaction, some argument -- is in the range of 50-100. Debates have been long and often spirited, and while I have not always found it all useful (too much parsing of semantics, too many side visits to politics last fall) it did keep me informed about current interests in the training field and what practitioners were really working on (as opposed to what the media often report).

JANE BOZARTH – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

Traynor Beverly Traynor Brinkerhoff Community of Practice Donald Kirkpatrick e-learning eLearning Guild Master Award eLearning Solutions on a Shoestring Empathy Map Etienne Wenger Flipchart Geometric Close HR Jane Bozarth Khan Academy Kirkpatrick’s Taxonomy L&D Learning Solutions Magazine Learnnovators M. The post JANE BOZARTH – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS appeared first on Learnnovators.

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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The Social Learning Community

Jane Hart

Yesterday I launched the Social Learning Community – a new Community of Practice intended for those interested in the use of social media to work and learn smarter. This is a place where you can join discussions, ask questions, share links, experiences and events with others about social learning – whether it be in education or [.]. Social learning

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.

Supporting online learners

Learning with 'e's

If you're new to online teaching, or are revisiting it, do consider spending an hour of your time to browse through the ideas in this module. I cover a range of themes around online learning support, and apply several well known theories to explain what is required in digital learning environments. There is a quiz and a range of activities. Photo by Steve Wheeler I have just published a third module in my series on digital learning for the ZilLearn platform.

7 Challenges to Social Learning

Origin Learning

Social Learning is a self-propagating concept, that is- once a social learning culture is achieved in an organization. Here we try to enlist the top challenges which hinder social learning from becoming a reality in organizations: 1. Instructors may feel more comfortable lecturing employees as they feel they are covering the ‘necessary’ course of the training material. Social learning is more of an abstract concept.

#LearningIs social

Learning with 'e's

Humans are inherently social. 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. From language acquisition, to basic numeracy and literacy skills, to more sophisticated activities such as public speaking, dining out with old friends or driving in traffic - all have been scaffolded and coached through the influence of others.

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. Manjoo writes that Slack is being used as the primary means of communications at some well-known companies, including Comcast, Walmart, and the New York Times. Messaging Apps and Social Learning.

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. They are infused with social meaning.

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. EPISODE 12 – TOPIC SUMMARY AND GUESTS: Vermont Oxford Network (VON) is a nonprofit collective of multidisciplinary medical professionals, working together to improve the landscape of neonatal healthcare. How would you describe the mission of Vermont Oxford Network (VON)?

Social Learning in Business: Online Workshop

Jane Hart

This workshop runs 1-31 March 2013 at the Social Learning Centre, and is led by Harold Jarche. The workshop will look at ways to enhance social learning, or people learning together while working. The Agenda will include an optional introductory webinar and cover four key areas: Social learning: The lubricant for social business. Communities of Practice as bridges between work and learning. Social learning workshops

Informal Learning Part 2 from Jay Cross: Informal learning is like a bicycle ride

ID Reflections

Tags: corporate training communities of practice collaborative learning social learning informal learning

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. In It’s Not About “Doing” Social Jane Bozarth (2 August) shows how Pokemon Go gets it right. 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.

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. Enhance social learning.

10 free social learning platforms

Ed App

Most learning by its nature is a social process since the knowledge we need to succeed in society is embedded within a cultural context. Along with the rise of online social networking, the ability to transfer social learning into an online format has also become a more seamless process.

Get up to speed with social media, social learning and social business

Jane Hart

At the Social Learning Centre I am going to be hosting a number of short online “programmes” about social media, social learning and social business. These “programmes” will use a very informal, social, collaborative approach: there will be no formal classes and no monitoring/management of your learning in a LMS. An introduction to social learning in the workplace. How to create and sustain a community of practice.

The clusterfuck known as social learning

Janet Clarey

Sorry for the vulgarity in the title but I read a whopper of a quote from my always thought-provoking colleague, Gary Woodill, and what ensued in my mind was nothing more than a clusterfuck. (My My definition of clusterfuck is complicated confusion and chaos.) This is a confusion of the means with the ends.&#. When you Google “social learning&# you’ll notice that “social learning theory &# is returned first.

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.

What is social learning?

eFront

Social learning’ has been the elearning buzzword du jour for a couple of years now and people often ask us exactly what social learning is. I think Marcia Conner captures it perfectly in her definition as follows: Social learning is learning that takes place through social interaction between peers and it may or may not lead to a change in attitudes and/or behavior. We will be looking at all of these approaches in coming posts so stay tuned!