Twitter for co p bex lewis & david rush


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A presentation/conversation to be provided by Dr Bex Lewis and Dr David Rush at the Hertfordshire Blended Learning Conference, 17th June 2010. You'll have to come along to see what we actually say alongside it!

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Twitter for co p bex lewis & david rush

  1. 1. GOOD COP, BAD COP? TWITTER FOR COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE [email_address] [email_address] 17 th June 2010 Hertfordshire Blended Learning Conference 2010 Dr Bex Lewis, University of Winchester Blended Learning Fellow Lecturer History/Media Studies Dr David Rush, University of Winchester Honorary Research Fellow
  2. 2. Coming up… <ul><li>Defining a ‘Community of Practice’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Learning Environment, including Twitter! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Institutional Community of Practice, incorporating Twitter? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building a Subject CoP , integrating Twitter? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Debate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What makes for a good CoP or a bad CoP? </li></ul></ul>Image created by @drbexl
  3. 3. Defining a “Community of Practice” <ul><li>“ Communities of practice are formed by people [engaging in] collective learning in a shared domain of human endeavor” Etienne Wenger </li></ul><ul><li>CoPs have three elements: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>domain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>practice </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Meaning of these words? Not shared </li></ul><ul><li>Hence ambiguous </li></ul>Image from :
  4. 4. CoPs in Practice <ul><li>Wenger’s original CoP idea been taken in several different directions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Management establishing institutional CoP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-interest groups using a CoP </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technology Stewardship in Digital Habitats </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tech Steward </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledgeable about technology and users </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sits between technology and users </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital habitat – range of platforms, tools and apps in use </li></ul></ul>Image from :
  5. 5. Creating Digital Habitats <ul><li>“ Technology stewards are people with enough experience of the workings of a community to understand its technology needs, and enough experience with or interest in technology to take leadership in addressing those needs. Stewarding typically includes selecting and configuring technology, as well as supporting its use in the practice of the community.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wenger, E., White, N., Smith, J.D., Digital Habitats: Stewarding Technology for Communities , 2009, p.25 </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Joining Communities of Practice <ul><li>As an individual tech steward wish to develop your own practice and that of institution </li></ul><ul><li>Within institution may have to create own CoP </li></ul><ul><li>Outside of institution have many choices </li></ul>Image from :
  7. 7. Bex’s Personal Learning Environment
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  9. 9. Follow and Be Followed <ul><li>Start following people you are interested in </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Start following their followers – piggybacking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some will follow you in return </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search for those using #hashtags of interest to you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Russell Stannard, , 09/09 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Shared Interests </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>What’s hot now ? </li></ul><ul><li>Genuineness </li></ul><ul><li>Conversations before and after conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Consistency and Interaction </li></ul>
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  15. 15. Do followers follow each other? <ul><li>All the gurus are ‘friends’ (follow and followed by) digitalfprint </li></ul><ul><li>Last 4 rows show core of followers – a network </li></ul>Image from : Account Following Followers Digitalfprint Guru 1 170 148 Guru 2 93 86 Guru 3 32 38 Guru 4 19 30 Guru 5 13 28 Guru 6 10 26 Guru 7 6 19
  16. 16. Is a network a CoP? <ul><li>According to Wenger there needs to be some reification – production of objects to record experience </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter doesn’t do this </li></ul><ul><li>Reification in two ways </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of Twitter support tools: Hootsuite, Tweepdiff, Twellow, Tweetbook, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to other places on web e.g. blogs </li></ul></ul>Image purchased from
  17. 17. Conclusions so far <ul><li>Twitter may help us build up a network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Relationships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reputation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In itself it is rather limited </li></ul><ul><li>To build a CoP it might act as a starting point </li></ul><ul><li>Then would need to find shared electronic spaces </li></ul>
  18. 18. An Institutional Community of Practice? Image from :
  19. 19. Understanding Community <ul><li>“ The first and foremost activity of tech stewards is to understand their community and its evolution well enough to be able to respond to its expressed and unexpressed needs with respect to technology. This understanding of how the community functions includes its key activities, member characteristics, subgroups, boundaries, aspirations, potential, limitations, as well as its context. Achieving such understanding will require a combination of direct involvement, observations, and conversations with community members.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wenger, E. et al, Ibid , pp.26-7 </li></ul></ul>
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  21. 22. Why DON’T you use Twitter? <ul><li>The majority were “too busy on Facebook” or thought Facebook was better </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t know anyone else using it </li></ul><ul><li>Had an account, didn’t understand, de-installed </li></ul><ul><li>Too celebrity-focused </li></ul><ul><li>“ really is an excuse for people to tell you what cereal they had for breakfast or complain about every little detail that makes their lives so mundane in the first place” </li></ul>
  22. 23. Staff Survey
  23. 24. What they think Twitter is <ul><li>Online form of SMS </li></ul><ul><li>Platform for quick dissemination of brief information to large group of interested parties. Fast, superficial but far reaching discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Sending text-message length messages to an internet site. Often used, it seems to me, to share so-called news of no relevance whatsoever. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a social network where your comments are restricted to only 140. I tried it but found it so irritating. I do not want to know when someone is having a cup of tea. </li></ul><ul><li>It's a self-glorification tool for those who are unable to accept that they are less interesting than they think they are. </li></ul>
  24. 25. University/Institutional Learning Environment
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  28. 32. Reliable?
  29. 33. Indicators that a CoP has formed? <ul><li>Existing Blended Learning COP based on Moodle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plus f2f and other electronic means </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Orientation of COP </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mixture of “Access to expertise” and “Relationships” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shown by content of communication and nature of meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Now being augmented by Twitter and Facebook </li></ul>
  30. 34. CoP for a Subject? @winchmfs
  31. 35. Subject: School of Media & Film Learning Environment
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  35. 39. Conclusions <ul><li>Twitter Might be used as a seed for a COP based on individual special interests </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter Can be used to develop an existing institutional COP </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter Can be used to seed development of a subject COP </li></ul>
  36. 40. Thank you for your time