If They Build It, They Will Come: Creating Opportunities for E-learning Communities of Practice Keith Kirkwood The Univers...
Outline of Talk <ul><li>Web 2.0  </li></ul><ul><li>Communities of Practice (CoPs) </li></ul><ul><li>E-learning Communities...
Web 2.0 – creative control <ul><li>Blogs    Technorati </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis  Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds Feed...
“ Continual beta, engaging users as co-developers, and principles of harnessing collective intelligence.”   -- Mazurek (in...
Communities of Practice - CoPs  <ul><li>Informal, bottom-up, fluid groupings of people who share a common practice. </li><...
“ A community of practice exists because it produces a shared practice as members engage in a collective process of learni...
Supporting Pedagogies <ul><li>Constructivism and Constructionism : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learner agency </li></ul></ul><ul...
Web 2.0 + CoPs + Connectivism <ul><li>Informal communities </li></ul><ul><li>Network-generated information </li></ul><ul><...
E-learning CoPs: Networked self-managing Learning Communities
Broader Implications <ul><li>Communities of enquiry </li></ul><ul><li>Communities of research </li></ul><ul><li>Interdisci...
References Jafari, A., McGee, P., & Carmean, C. (2006). Managing Courses, Defining Learning: What  Faculty, Students, and ...
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  • Introduction: self, LSU, title 7-11, KFC: what if?: intelligent evolution. KFC more popular AIRport: attract more Websites students like: MySpace, Wikipedia; how different? Do something, change this website, tell your friends, meet friends Encourage content-creation and community building E-commerce trend: user control, co-partners in innovation, build community. “ crowdsurfing”: thinktank If students help build e-learning sites…tools, structures, metadata…
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    1. 1. If They Build It, They Will Come: Creating Opportunities for E-learning Communities of Practice Keith Kirkwood The University of Melbourne Australia Language and Learning Skills Unit http://slideshare.net/sitkasitchensis/if-they-build-it-they-will-come
    2. 2. Outline of Talk <ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Communities of Practice (CoPs) </li></ul><ul><li>E-learning Communities of Practice (ElCoPs) </li></ul><ul><li>Platforms for ElCoPs to emerge </li></ul>
    3. 3. Web 2.0 – creative control <ul><li>Blogs Technorati </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds Feedster </li></ul><ul><li>Tagging/bookmarking del.icio.us , Stumbleupon </li></ul><ul><li>Social networking Facebook , Studentface </li></ul><ul><li>Semantic Web Eurekster Swiki , Me. dium </li></ul>
    4. 4. “ Continual beta, engaging users as co-developers, and principles of harnessing collective intelligence.” -- Mazurek (in O'Reilly, 2006b, n.p.)
    5. 5. Communities of Practice - CoPs <ul><li>Informal, bottom-up, fluid groupings of people who share a common practice. </li></ul><ul><li>Self-organizing and self-regulating </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Neither a team nor a network </li></ul>
    6. 6. “ A community of practice exists because it produces a shared practice as members engage in a collective process of learning”. --Etienne Wenger (1998, n.p.)
    7. 7. Supporting Pedagogies <ul><li>Constructivism and Constructionism : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learner agency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learners construct artefacts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learners construct knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social interaction </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Connectivism (Siemens 2006): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge rests in the network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning fluid and multi-focused </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>traditional lecture not current enough </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Changing nature of knowledge-making </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognize patterns, make connections, contextualization </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Web 2.0 + CoPs + Connectivism <ul><li>Informal communities </li></ul><ul><li>Network-generated information </li></ul><ul><li>User-created content </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge-making and knowledge-sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Openness: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BlackBoard vs. Desire2Learn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>copyright control vs. Creative Commons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>journal database access fees vs. MIT OCW Project, MERLOT, PLoS </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. E-learning CoPs: Networked self-managing Learning Communities
    10. 10. Broader Implications <ul><li>Communities of enquiry </li></ul><ul><li>Communities of research </li></ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary connections </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge transfer to society </li></ul><ul><li>If they build it…reinvigorate a desire 2 learn </li></ul>
    11. 11. References Jafari, A., McGee, P., & Carmean, C. (2006). Managing Courses, Defining Learning: What Faculty, Students, and Administrators Want [Electronic Version]. Educause Review , 41, 50-71. Retrieved 4 November 2006 from http://www.educause.edu/apps/er/erm06/erm0643.asp . O'Reilly, T. (2006b). Web 2.0 Principles and Best Practices [Weblog Entry]. O'Reilly® Radar. 07 November 2006. Retrieved 7 November 2006 from http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2006/11/web_20_principl_1.html . Siemens, G. (2004). Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age [Electronic Version]. elearnspace . Retrieved 2 November 2006 from http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm . http://www. elearnspace . org/media/Connectivism_IOC/player .html Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of Practice: Learning as a Social System [Electronic Version], no pagination. Retrieved 5 November 2006 from http://www.co-i-l.com/coil/knowledge-garden/cop/lss.shtml Wenger, E., White, N., Smith, J. D., & Rowe, K. (2005). Technology for communities [Electronic Version] from http: //technologyforcommunities .com/ .

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