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SCoPE Community: Essential Elements for Informal Learning

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A CADE-AMTEC presentation by Heather Ross and Sylvia Currie about the SCoPE community http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca May, 2007

A CADE-AMTEC presentation by Heather Ross and Sylvia Currie about the SCoPE community http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca May, 2007

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    • 1. SCoPE Community Essential Elements for Informal Learning Sylvia Currie, SFU Heather Ross, SIAST
    • 2. Met in person for the first time today!
    • 3. Overview
      • Background of SCoPE
      • Elements, emphases, and catalysts
      • Evidence that SCoPE is a virtual learning community
      • The work that is needed
    • 4. About SCoPE
      • Launch fall, 2005
      • Free, open to the public
      • Identify and build on SFU interests and expertise and also serve an international audience
      • Encourage the use of SCoPE for research on online communities
    • 5. Starting Point
      • Simple, web-based environment
      • Essential communication tools
      • Careful not to “over design” before launch
      • Began with discussion about the community
      • Core activity: monthly seminar discussions
      • Designed for busy people
        • No obligations
        • No guilt allowed!
    • 6. Elements of Communities
      • Selznik (1996)
      • Historicity
      • Identity
      • Mutuality
      • Plurality
      • Autonomy
      • Participation
      • Integration
      • Schwier (2001) -
      • Virtual Learning Communities
      • An orientation to the future
      • Technology
      • Learning
    • 7. Historicity
      • “ Let's get started. I really liked how Richard set up the last seminar so I'm going to do something similar. ” (Heather Ross - 5 November 2006)
      • “ In the last seminar on online facilitation, Nick and Sylvia used some tools to give us an ‘at a glance’ overview of the discussions. We’ll also be using these tools in this session.” Therese Weel 4 April, 2007
    • 8. Identity
      • Discussions about SCoPE
      • Vote on name, logo
      • Members’ blogs
      • Appreciation of contributions: “I want to acknowledge David for sharing his cogent notes on our seminar so far. They provide a useful and succinct picture of where we’ve been and where else we might go… (Sarah Haavind 2 June, 2006 )
      • Profiles
    • 9. Participation
      • 880 members
      • 43 countries
      • 28 members have volunteered to facilitate seminars
      • 16 Special Interest Groups have been created
      • 3,531 posts
      • 99,211 guest views
    • 10. Autonomy
      • In keeping with the tradition at SCoPE, newcomers, latecomers, lurkers, and passersby are always welcomed!
      • Not all participants are visible
      • Opportunity to become familiar with the culture
      • Model respectful communication
      • To date zero instances of inappropriate behaviour
    • 11. Plurality & Mutuality
      • Encourage association with related groups
      • Reciprocity / mutual exchange of services and interests
      • Bringing in knowledge and examples from outside groups
    • 12. Technology: Access and Communication
      • Different modes and levels of engagement
        • Email subscriptions to forums
        • RSS
        • Invisible presence
        • Archives
        • Incidental learning
        • Spontaneous entry into a discussion
      • “ Been lurking asynchronously, but my activation threshold has been reached and I have to jump in with some desultory comments.”
      • Corrie Bergeron - 26 January 2007
    • 13. Technology: Co-Construction
      • Smartcopy/ referencing
      • Wikis
      • 3rd party tools
      • Cross-referencing earlier forums
      • Marginalia for tracking/summarizing
      • Search by individual forum or entire group
    • 14. Future
      • Members decide the future
        • Ideas for seminar topics emerge through participation
        • Special interest groups to continue discussions
      • Unlike traditional courses with start and end dates, SCoPE continues and is shaped by members’ interests
    • 15. Learning
      • “ SCoPE is such an amazing learning environment. See you on the 4th!” (Ian McLeod 2 April 2007)
      • Sharing knowledge in workplaces and local communities (plurality)
    • 16. Integration
    • 17. The work that is needed
      • Organize discussion threads for casual participation
      • Management of resources generated through participation
      • Porous boundaries
      • Continue to advance our work together
      • Celebrate our accomplishments
    • 18. Join us! http://scope. lidc . sfu .ca