CSU Interact enabling a community of practice

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CSU Interact enabling a community of practice

Linda Ward & Catherine Newell Charles Sturt University

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CSU Interact enabling a community of practice

  1. 1. CSU Interact enabling a community of practice Catherine Newell & Linda Ward Charles Sturt University, Learning & Teaching Services Sharing practice in the Faculty of Education
  2. 2. Situating the Faculty of Education <ul><li>Geographically disbursed faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Historically working as campus based schools </li></ul><ul><li>Context changed </li></ul><ul><li>Cross campus and faculty courses and teams </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible/blended CSU strategic goals </li></ul><ul><li>New platform CSU Interact </li></ul><ul><li>Need for whole Faculty approaches </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty level Learning & Teaching Committee </li></ul>
  3. 3. Our Goal or vision <ul><li>A distributed community of practice mediated by technology, with CSU Interact as both the place & means for the community to interact alongside & complementary to formal work and existing structures. </li></ul>AuSakai Conference 2009
  4. 4. Twin challenge <ul><li>How do we move from school based CoP to a distributed Faculty CoP? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we build capacity in Flexible/Blended approaches & use technology to support this and our strategic goals? </li></ul>AuSakai Conference 2009
  5. 5. What could Interact contribute? <ul><li>Exemplars of Innovation and Flexible Learning Working Group EWG proposed: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>an Interact site to support the L&T Committee and working groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a Sharing of Practice Showcase on the site </li></ul></ul>AuSakai Conference 2009
  6. 6. Faculty of Education Community of Practice Domain – Identity defined by a shared interest & passion in learning & teaching Community — members engage in joint activities & discussions, share information & build relationships. Practice — Practitioners sharing resources & stories to address learning & teaching problems AuSakai Conference 2009 Distributed CoP - unable to rely on face to face meetings & actions as primary means for connecting members Wenger, McDermott, & Snyder (2002) .
  7. 7. Building a community of practice <ul><li>Establish the showcase & process for collecting & presenting exemplars of innovation & flexible learning </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual seminar on ePortfolios </li></ul>AuSakai Conference 2009
  8. 8. Tools enabling our CoP Wiki Announcements Resources Test centre Forum <ul><li>Other tools; </li></ul><ul><li>Audio files </li></ul><ul><li>Screen capture software </li></ul>Let’s look at the Showcase site….. Site stats AuSakai Conference 2009
  9. 9. Features of a successful CoP AuSakai Conference 2009 Image source: http://www.anecdote.com.au/archives/communities_of_practice/
  10. 10. Features of a successful distributed CoP <ul><li>Communication - technology used is an accepted form of communication & allows a higher level of personal interaction. </li></ul><ul><li>Culture in the use of technologies exists. </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose - correlation between the technology and the aim of its use.  </li></ul>Campbell & Uys (2007). AuSakai Conference 2009
  11. 11. Issues AuSakai Conference 2009
  12. 12. Conclusions <ul><li>Interact has the potential to enable a CoP by providing a place & the means to communicate. </li></ul><ul><li>However, other factors impact on the success & effectiveness of a distributed CoP </li></ul><ul><li>Future directions </li></ul><ul><li>Investigate through FLI fellowship </li></ul><ul><li>How can the Faculty of Education develop a successful CoP in a distributed technology mediated environment? </li></ul>AuSakai Conference 2009
  13. 13. References <ul><li>Wenger, E. (2006). Communities of practice a brief introduction. Retrieved September 6, 2009 from; </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ewenger.com/theory/index.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Wenger, E., McDermott, R., & Snyder, W. (2002). Cultivating communities of practice: a guide to managing knowledge . Boston: Harvard Business School Press. </li></ul><ul><li>Campbell, M. & Uys, P.M. (2007). Identifying factors that influence the success of ICT in developing a learning community: the CELT experience. Campus-Wide Information Systems (CWIS). Emerald, UK, 24(1). </li></ul>AuSakai Conference 2009

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