What Is An Online Learning Community? Much of the learning currently happening on the Internet comes from self-motivated individuals with a common interest and a desire to interact with others who share the same interest (Wenger, 1998). The focus is on interaction… Centralized, bureaucratic,risk averse, multi-leveled, limit access to data, inward focused culture Empowering, non bureaucratic, risk tolerant, fewer levels, distribute data widely, externally oriented. Walled Garden
A Definition of Community Communities are quite simply, collections of individuals who are bound together by natural will and a set of shared ideas and ideals. “ A system in which people can enter into relations that are determined by problems or shared ambitions rather than by rules or structure.” (Heckscher, 1994, p. 24). The process of social learning that occurs when people who have a common interest in some subject or problem collaborate over an extended period to share ideas, find solutions, and build innovations. (Wikipedia)
Virtual Learning Communities of Relationship A community built on relationships promotes special kinds of connections among people. These connections might be based on a shared concern, issue or learning problem, but in each instance, the emphasis is on the relationships built among participants. Issues of commitment, trust and values are inherent in any relationships which emerge in the community. (Teacher Leaders Network) Virtual Learning Communities of Place Individuals in this type of community enjoy a common habitat or locale. (My Space, Second Life, World of Warcraft) Virtual Learning Communities of Passion Communities of passion reinforce people's commitment to other people, to common goals, shared values and shared conceptions of being and doing. This can be as trivial as a shared interest in wine making, or as profound as a shared search for truth. Virtual Learning Communities of Memory A virtual learning community of memory is based on a shared past or a common sense of history. (Holocaust Survivors Network)
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Pre-service education Study groups Curriculum writing Continuing education Formal Informal Individual development Peer collaboration Peer coaching or mentoring
NETWORKING IN COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE helps us reach for what we need, according to our contexts and knowledge levels. provides us with opportunities for experiential learning with different tools and platforms builds an online professional and social presence helps us gain confidence and practice and then apply experience to our teaching and learning.
Looking Closely at Learning Community Design 4L Model (Linking, Lurking, Learning, and Leading) inspired by John Seeley Brown http://learningcircuits.blogspot.com/2006/06/roles-in-cops.html This model is developed around the roles and interactions members of a community have as participants in that community.
Personal Learning Networks Community-- in and out of the classroom Are you “clickable”- Are your students?
Personal Learning Networks <ul><li>Model how to develop PLNs for your students. </li></ul><ul><li>Look at students not just as colearners in the curriculum but as co-learners in the effort to use technology in a constructivist classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Try new things in front of the kids and talk about what they are doing--model risk taking. </li></ul>Twitter Ustream
Skype: Web Conferencing Conference Calls Classroom Collaboration Meetings
Classrooms of the 21st Century are: Collaborative, student centered, project/problem based, student choice, experiential, democratic, construction of knowledge is a shared , encourage risk taking-- mistakes are allowed and seen as normal on the path . Students are active participants in own learning– not seen as an object to be acted on. Can’t Give Away What You Do Not Own
ENDAPT <ul><li>E lectronically </li></ul><ul><li>N etworking to </li></ul><ul><li>D evelop </li></ul><ul><li>A ccomplished </li></ul><ul><li>P rofessional </li></ul><ul><li>T eachers </li></ul><ul><li>EN abling new teachers to… </li></ul><ul><li>A DAPT to—and to adapt— the complex, ever-changing contexts of education as teacher leaders and in service of student learning. </li></ul>
1-to-1 Group http://endapt.wm.edu/modules/emissary-admin/info.php?template=home_page.html Info on demand
<ul><li>Overcomes some recognized limitations of site-based mentoring: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to highly experienced, communicative mentors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scheduling mentoring sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School politics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Abbott, 2003; Schlager, Fusco, Koch, Crawford, & Phillips, 2003) </li></ul></ul>Why Online Mentoring for Novice Teachers? Telementoring e-mentoring Online mentoring Virtual learning community Computer-mediated communication
Perspective “ Like Alice in Teacher Wonderland virtual communities allow my teacher world to grow larger and smaller at the same time!” Susan middle school teacher Virginia Friday, June 9, 2006
posted by Matt November 2006 The longer I do this (a whopping 11 weeks now!), I'm realizing that to be an effective teacher, it will take my all. My ALL! I constantly think about school: what I've done, all that still needs to get done, the handful of students that try to make the classroom miserable, the other handful that are the reason I get out of bed (some kids are in both groups)…. I guess my question is: is it always like this? I like teaching (I think), but I'm tired of working 12 hours a day, 5-6 days a week for questionable results. Jobs that you can walk away from at the end of the day, and not think about until you return the next seem mighty enticing right now…. I am honestly not trying to be pessimistic, but why teach? Matt
The end. posted by Matt on Jun 1, 2006, 3:05 PM Today it ends. When the bell rang at 11:28 am, the students walked out the door for the last time this academic year. Tonight is graduation. Tomorrow is a work-day. Done. And my friends, what a ride it has been. Ask me how it was. My response: I have no clue- I'll let you know in a week or two. Regardless, from a deep place inside, thank you all. It was very reassuring to know that you were available to run to when my world was collapsing. Your input has been internalized and has shaped my approaches this year. As I look forward to reflecting this summer, know that your input and our conversations will be one of my primary sources for material. Again, my sincerest thanks. Matt 2nd year teacher.
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