Last month I blogged about how I felt that I am often just a curator for a group of people rather than being in a community of practice. Having trialed a few different approaches I have seen an uptick in participation in the contributions to the community I manage. INF532 has encouraged me to think… Continue Reading Revisiting: How many people does it take to make a community of practice?
What is the critical mass for a community of practice? That is the question that struck me when I read Not everything that connects is a network (Hearn and Mendizabal, 2001). I try to foster a community of practice at work in an area that is important but not core business. The result is a lot… Continue Reading How many people does it take to make a community of practice?
I have written about my attempts to build a community of practice at work. I have tried different techniques and strategies from INF532 to try and increase participation and model the change I would like to see in my workplace.
I feel the phrase “I open at the close” is incredibly pertinent to my two year journey through this Masters of Education (Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation) – I feel humbled by the scale of work still ahead of me but prepared for the challenge. Three themes have defined my study during INF537 (my last… Continue Reading INF537: Critical Reflection
I have not previously done any formal research and although the research project within INF537 is a short project both in word count and time, it posed a significant challenge to me. This post breaks down the steps I took to grasping some of the intricacies of research. Step 1: Identifying a research paradigm Having… Continue Reading INF537: My approach to the research project
For my final assignment for INF537 I am trying to use learner analytics to provide an indication of the health of a community of practice. So far, it has surprised me at how much quality research there is of complex analytics compared to work on more simple analytics. This anomaly has prompted me to question… Continue Reading Questioning my research
Dave Comier’s blog on teaching with the internet has managed to shine a light on the way I have been trying to prepare my students to embrace the internet and digital literacy. Dave’s has created a model to explain his process: He uses the 20/60/20 model to address an issue I will face in teaching… Continue Reading INF537: Hey, that model perfectly describes my problems!
Task: Identify 5 key points which you would use to advise a Social Media Policy Working Group regarding the development of a policy for your organisation with regard to employees use of Web 2.0 tools and spaces for work and personal use while using your organisations’ computers/network and time. Be proactive in creating policies If… Continue Reading INF506: OLJ Task 16 – Key Points on Policy
In Module two we were prompted to think about two topics: 1. Have you moved beyond cooperation? What role is collaboration playing in your professional learning and your practice? What’s new and different about collaboration for 21st century learners? I have two distinct experiences with collaboration. One working with teams where collaboration was fundamental to getting the… Continue Reading INF532 – The Connected Educator