Taking CoP (Communities of Practice) to Moodle

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This presentation was made at the 2011 VC's Learning and Teaching Forum with collegue Javed Yusuf at the AUSAID Lecture Theatre, Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji Islands on 23rd September on the topic Taking Communities of Practice to Moodle.

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  • 1st Slide – Title PageMy name is Ala and I am from the Centre for Flexible and Distance Learning otherwise known as CFDL. I will be co-presenting with my fellow CFDL collegue, Javed Yusuf. Vice Chancellor, Professor McPhee, DVC Kelly and fellow USP Collegues, our presentation today is looking at the CoP – Communities of Practice and its activities and how its objectives can be further enhanced in a virtual environment and we will be focusing specifically on a tool in the virtual environment that we are familiar with here in USP - and that is Moodle. If we were to look at how CoP aligns with our USP’s Strategic Plan 2010-2012 Priority Area 1: Teaching & Learning, it can indeed provide a very effective mechanism in meeting the three objectives under this priority area as follows:Improve the quality of academic programmesand ensure that they are highly regarded locally and internationallyEnsure USP programmes continue to be relevant and responsive to the needs of the region and to the region’s integration into the global economy.Improve the quality of teaching in all campuses.
  • 2nd Slide - OverviewThis is an overview of what Javed and I are focusing on in our presentation. We will begin by looking at some background information on CoP followed by a presentation of examples of how Moodle have been used to build Communities of Practice (CoP) at USP.
  • 3rd Slide – What is a CoP?I will begin by saying that many of you are already familiar with this term and in fact the phenomenon is age-old although the term Communities of practice is of a relatively recent coinage according to the literature as expressed by Etienne Wenger a leading scholar in the study of Communities of Practice. I may also add that much of what I will be presenting on is based on the work of Etienne Wenger.What is a CoP? Definitely not a police officer from Central Police Station in downtown Suva but a CoP are: Groups of people whoshare a concern or a passion for somethingthey do and learn how to do itbetter as theyinteractregularly. It must benotedthat not everythingthatisreferred to as a communityis a community of practice for instance the USP community. There are 3 characteristicsthat are crucial in determiningthis:This first is : Domain A CoPis not merely a group of friends or a network of connections between people but its identity isdefined by a shareddomain of interest for example the shareddomain of interestfor the Network of Pacific Educatorsotherwiseknown as NOPE is -Education in the Pacific.The second characteristic of a COP is : CommunityIn addition to pursuinginterest in theirdomain, members engage in joint activities and discussions, help eachother and share information. In otherwords, besides sharing a domain of interest, itis the collabarativeactivitiesthatmembers of a CoPundertakethatmakeit a community. Having the same job or titledoes not make for a community of practice unlessmembersinteract and learnfromeachother. The keywordhere are : Learning & Sharing And the thirdisPractice : Members of a CoP are practitioners - contributors.  Membersdevelop a shared basket of resources ; experiences, stories, tools, ways of recurringproblems= shared practice.
  • 4th Slide – What is a CoP?If I may summarise these in three words, a CoP is essentially engaged in:Co-learning, Co-nnecting and Co-lloboratingAnd the common thread herebeing, SHARING
  • 5th Slide– Now let us look at the kinds of activitiesthat a CoP engages in :The first is, ProblemSolving – e.g. How can I create groups withinmy course in Moodle ? I’mstuck…..
  • 6th Slide– Anotheractivitythat a CoPmaybeinvolved in is in Requesting for information - e.g. Wherecan I getexamples of rubrics to assess online discussion forum participation ?
  • 9th Slide– Anothercommonactivity in Discussingdevelopments – e.g. What do youthink about assessingGAs in your programmes & individual courses ?
  • 11th slide– Reusingassets – e.g. I have a powerpoint I used for a class I recentlytaughtwhichmayjust fit yourpurposes, I can sent it to you and youcaneasilytweakit for yourown use. So often I hearutterancesfromwithinmyowndepartment and across the university about not havingenough time, workisjusttoomuch – reusing/repurposingassetscan do a lot in helping us manage time better
  • 13th slide– A CoPmayalso engage in mappingknowledge and identifying gaps for e.g. in relation to curriculum mappingexercisesthat are conducted in ourfaculties. The questions thatwemayneed to askis, Whoisteachingwhat, and what are wemissing ? Whatotherschools or facultiesshouldwe talk to ?These are the kinds of activitiesthat a CoP are engaged in and now Javed will show youexamples of how Moodle has been used as an instrument in enhancing or furthering the objectives of any type of CoP. Havingsaidthat, Moodleis one of manytoolsthatcanbeused to create and build a CoP in the virtualenvironment – there are otherssuch as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and even email.
  • Clearpurpose – whatwillitbeused to do?Creating a safe & trustedenvironmentcore group of active participantsBeingmotivatedKnowing the needs of participantsHaving a clear action plan withactivities to meetneedsBlending f2f & online activitiesThis can all beachieved by good, active facilitation
  • Taking CoP (Communities of Practice) to Moodle

    1. 1. TAKING CoP TO MOODLEVC’s Forum on Learning & Teaching 2011 Javed Yusuf | yusuf_j@usp.ac.fj Alanieta Lesuma-Fatiaki | lesuma_a@usp.ac.fjCentre for Flexible and Distance Learning (CFDL) Louise Vakamocea |
    2. 2. Overview• What is CoP?• CoP activities• CoP Moodle Examples @ USP• CoP…..keeping it going• Q&A
    3. 3. What is a CoP?CoP = Communities of PracticeGroups of people who share a concern or a passion forsomething they do and learn how to do it better asthey interact regularlyDomain Community(Relevance) (Reflection) Practice (Contribution)
    4. 4. What is a CoP? Co-llaboratingCo-learning Co-nnecting
    5. 5. CoP Activities Problem SolvingSource: http://www.ewenger.com/theory/ How can I create groups within my course in Moodle? I’m stuck..
    6. 6. CoP Activities Requests for information & Seeking ExperienceSource: http://www.ewenger.com/theory/ Where can I get examples of rubrics to assess online discussion forum participation? Does anyone have any experience in using rubrics for this?
    7. 7. CoP Activities Discussing developmentsSource: http://www.ewenger.com/theory/ What do you think about assessing Graduate Attributes in your programmes and individual courses?
    8. 8. CoP Activities Reusing assetsSource: http://www.ewenger.com/theory/ I have a powerpoint I used for a class I recently taught which may just fit your purposes, I can send it to you and you can easily tweak it for your own use
    9. 9. CoP Activities Mapping knowledge & identifying gapsSource: http://www.ewenger.com/theory/ Who is teaching what, and what are we missing? What other schools or faculties should we talk to?
    10. 10. STAR Training of Trainers
    11. 11. CFDL Workshops
    12. 12. SOE Views
    13. 13. AF Students Association Portal
    14. 14. EC Students Association Portal
    15. 15. FSTE PG Students Portal
    16. 16. CoP…..keeping it going• Safe, trusted & inclusive environment• Remaining relevant• Active and good facilitationSource: http://www.slideshare.net/stephendale/cultivating-knowledge-through-co-ps-may-2010
    17. 17. ConclusionLearning is Sharing
    18. 18. Q&A

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