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SCoPE Community: Essential Elements for Informal Learning


A CADE-AMTEC presentation by Heather Ross and Sylvia Currie about the SCoPE community May, 2007

A CADE-AMTEC presentation by Heather Ross and Sylvia Currie about the SCoPE community 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