FET 8605 - Assessment 1

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FET 8605 - Assessment 1

  1. 1. The ascendancy of the ‘Information Age’ How it is driving the re-emergence of Communities of Practice Cameron Warne FET 8605 Building Communities w0082323 of Practice
  2. 2. This resource aims to inform about the ‘Information Age’ and describe the driving forces behind the re- emergence of a Communities of Practice in this age. Notes on Assessment Requirement
  3. 3. Current Beliefs about the Information Age Notes
  4. 4. Communities of Practice (CoP) • Consist of – Groups of People with shared concern or passion. – Regular but not necessarily synchronous interaction
  5. 5. The Re-emergence of Communities of Practice as a result of the Information Age Video Sourced from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHKl76xiiqk&feature=fvw
  6. 6. Reflections on Existing Communities of Practice that utilise Information Technology Tools Annotations: Video 1: Caterpillar: Collaboration through communities of Practice Video 2: Engaging Community Practice Video 3: Communities or Practice Explained Video 4: Critique Source: www.youtube.com
  7. 7. Critique as related to Context McLoughlin, C. et al. (2008). Peer-to-peer: an e-mentoring approach to developing community, mutual engagement and professional identity for pre-service teachers. [Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education, 26-29 November 2007] compiled by P L Jeffrey. Australian Association for Research in Education. Melbourne. Available online at: http://www.aare.edu.au/07pap/mcl07393.pdf
  8. 8. Current Beliefs about the Information Age The ‘Information Age’ or the ascendency of ‘Knowledge Economies’ within our world is commonly considered the next evolution from the Industrial Age, taking place over most of the 20th Century. The ascendency of the Knowledge Economy has been attributed to a variety of key driving forces for Knowledge Management, most notably ‘Information Intensity’, which companies having increasingly come to rely on efficient use of information through reliable and productive ‘Knowledge Workers’(Olssen & Peters, 2005). This driving force then almost through necessity has developed two other forces; New Media and Interconnectedness (Hudson, 2009; Olssen & Peters, 2005). New Media technologies rely on collaborative development in the production and distribution of and access to knowledge, resulting in collective use of intelligence. This use of technology has also developed a need to interact at a much greater pace than in the past, allowing also for global communication. These driving forces have also led to an increasing emphasis on rapid redesign and innovation. Return Notes
  9. 9. Assignment 1 - Online resource contribution Students are required to select a relevant resource which is to be made available to other students via the web. Taking one of the key drivers that impact on the (re)emergence of CoP above, explore some of the prominent literature and select a useful article or develop a useful resource that you will make available to the course participants. You should annotate the resource you develop and publish, This resource aims toon the relevance and contribution to the central or providing a critique inform about the ‘Information Age’ and describe the drivingCommunities of Practice. Suggestions could foundational dimensions of forces behind the re- include: emergence of a Communities of Practice in this age. a powerpoint presentation, URL with summary/critique to accompany the resource, Short article which summarises a range of references Mind map or concept map which capture key issues, themes Link to an E-journal or ‘zine’ which contains the relevant information and your critique Weighting 20% (15% resource; 5% online contribution/participation) Due date: End of week 3 Assignment 1 Marking Criteria Matrix Return Notes on Assessment Requirement
  10. 10. 2001 Study of technology for communities of practice Etienne Wegner The following pages are excerpted from Etienne Wegner’s study of available technologies for Communities of Practice. While the study took place in 2001 and the majority of content (as in the available technologies) are outdated, pages 45-46 detail 13 elements which he deems crucial to the success of a community of practice. This resource has been included as a valuable tool for critiquing the effectiveness of an online Community of Practice. The following pages in the document go on to detail specific examples of successful Communities of Practice. The document is available freely by email registration here. http://www.ewenger.com/tech/index.htm
  11. 11. http://www.ewenger.com/tech/index.htm
  12. 12. http://www.ewenger.com/tech/index.htm

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