Online Educa, Berlin, 5 December 2008 What gives life to our community?
Aims for this session share lessons learned in facilitating the emergence of a community of practice around User Engagement introduce asset-based community development (ABCD) & appreciative inquiry as an approach for guiding community development and discovering group needs experience, first-hand, "affective recall" in a brief session of appreciative inquiry
Emerge is an innovative, 28 month, user-centred, investigation-led, consortium-based project, funded by the JISC and guided by the principles of appreciative inquiry. There have been about 28 institutions, 45 project teams and 210 individual participants. The aim is to support the formation of an "effective and sustainable community of practice” around the Users and Innovation Development Model , using Web2.0 technologies ( def 1 , def 2 ). Emerge is the support project for the JISC Capital Programme , Users and Innovation strand
Transference : put developers in a position of being the users of their support community
Emulation : enact and exemplify user-centred development approaches
The act of research has a transforming effect on the subject of research. The aim of research is to bring about change. Appreciative Inquiry attempts to get beyond the essentialism, ethical foundationalism and hierarchies of identity politics to embrace a more radical constructionism in relational theory. (Gergen, 1999) By applying a rigorous, anti-essentialist, critical theory-led approach, appreciative inquiry can provide a firm foundation as a research method and evaluation methodology. Appreciative inquiry
Developing projects in a context where there is awareness of the wider activity in a field and an understanding of the alignments and gaps in that field will lead to better projects being developed.
By using community development processes and social networking the general quality of educational (learning) technology development projects may be improved, bringing benefits not just to the JISC but more widely to all sectoral funding agencies and stakeholders.
Ongoing, reflexively self-aware, purposeful community of collaborators
User interfaces are considered as important as data models, control programs and work flows
Wider adoption - and adaptation - of the model
Positive return on investment indicators
In the future, Emerge (or its successor/inheritor) will be a community of – and a front-end for – people working on cutting-edge educational technology systems integration and development, realising the potential of academically-focused social-networking with a light-weight personal profiling system, community map and address book, which becomes an international resource, anticipating standards.
Thank you George Roberts Project Director [email_address] http://jiscemerge.org.uk Josie Fraser Steve Warburton Marion Samler Rhona Sharpe Patsy Clarke Joe Rosa Chris Fowler Isobel Falconer Mitul Shukla Nik Bessis Graham Attwell Brian Kelly and all the JISC U&I people, projects, partners, steering groups and teams