Using Online Tools to Build Communities of Practice


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Technology has changed what it means for learning communities to “be together.” Digital tools are now part of teaching and learning. Jackie Taylor and Nell Eckersley used this PPT in an interactive session to explore how to use a configuration of social media tools like Twitter, Ning, Delicious, discussion lists, blogs, and Wikis to seamlessly sustain communities of practice.

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Using Online Tools to Build Communities of Practice

  1. 1. Using Online Tools to Build Communities of Practice Nell Eckersley, Technology & Distance Learning List Moderator Jackie Taylor, Professional Development List Moderator
  2. 2. Welcome! <ul><li>What Are Your </li></ul><ul><li>Goals for This Session? </li></ul>
  3. 3. So What Are “Communities of Practice?”
  4. 4. Communities of Practice (CoPs): <ul><li>Groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and they learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. </li></ul><ul><li>—Etienne Wenger, pioneer in communities of practice research </li></ul>
  5. 5. How Are CoPs Different than Other Communities? <ul><li>Domain </li></ul><ul><li>What do we really care about as a community? </li></ul><ul><li>How is our purpose here going to advance the field? </li></ul><ul><li>How is it connected to our programs’ strategies? </li></ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul><ul><li>What are our shared interests? </li></ul><ul><li>How will we advance them? </li></ul><ul><li>How will we connect in order to do that? </li></ul><ul><li>How will we interact and develop trust? </li></ul><ul><li>Practice! </li></ul><ul><li>How will this advance our own learning? </li></ul><ul><li>How will learning be documented, and by whom? </li></ul><ul><li>What learning activities will we organize? </li></ul><ul><li>What projects should we jointly do? </li></ul><ul><li>What expertise will we tap? </li></ul>
  6. 6. How Do CoPs Connect?
  7. 7. How Do You Create a Digital Habitat for Your Community of Practice? <ul><li>POST Method: </li></ul><ul><li>People </li></ul><ul><li>Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul>Retrieved March 1, 2010 from
  8. 8. Small Groups <ul><li>Share With A Partner: </li></ul><ul><li>PEOPLE: For which CoP are you planning technology? </li></ul><ul><li>OBJECTIVE: What is your goal / objective for using digital tools with this CoP? </li></ul><ul><li>STRATEGY: What is your project? What will your group need to be able to do? </li></ul><ul><li>TECHNOLOGY: What kind of technology do you think will help address your CoP’s specific need? </li></ul><ul><li>(10 MINUTES) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Creating the Landscape <ul><li>Purpose or Activity </li></ul><ul><li>Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Platforms </li></ul><ul><li>Features </li></ul><ul><li>Configurations </li></ul>
  10. 10. Integrating Tools <ul><li>Integrate through: </li></ul><ul><li>Platforms </li></ul><ul><li>Features </li></ul><ul><li>Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Practice </li></ul>
  11. 11. Example of Integrated Tools From Common Knowledge:
  12. 12. Moms Rising Blog Video channels
  13. 13. More from Moms News Feeds Twitter Widget
  14. 14. Tools! <ul><li>What online tools are available for creating your digital habitat? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Small Group Discussion <ul><li>What Stands Out? </li></ul><ul><li>What types of tools seem to address your needs? </li></ul><ul><li>What questions does this raise for you? </li></ul><ul><li>(10 minutes) </li></ul>
  16. 16. What’s the Next Step? Digital Tools Group
  17. 17. Action Plans <ul><li>Go to the Wiggio: http:// =715410&confcode=50888394&group= Digital+Tool+Workgroup </li></ul><ul><li>Post a Comment: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce yourself. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell us what digital tool you’re going to try out and why. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Briefly state what you plan to do in two weeks to orient to the tool. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Action Plans, Cont. <ul><li>We will create small groups within Wiggio based on the digital tools people want to try. </li></ul><ul><li>Join by: Friday, March 26 </li></ul><ul><li>Invite others to join, too! </li></ul>
  19. 19. Additional Resources <ul><li>Social Media Mind Map: </li></ul><ul><li>POST Method: </li></ul><ul><li>Technology & Distance Learning Discussion List: </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development Discussion List: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Habitats: stewarding technology for communities. Etienne Wenger, Nancy White, and John D. Smith (2009) </li></ul>
  20. 20. Thank You! <ul><li>Jackie Taylor </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Nell Eckersley </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>