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Vance has produced a paper associated with this talk and blogged it here: http://advanceducation.blogspot.com/2009/04/global-and-local-visions-webheads-and.html ...

Vance has produced a paper associated with this talk and blogged it here: http://advanceducation.blogspot.com/2009/04/global-and-local-visions-webheads-and.html

Evolving communities of practice" (p. 15) with Suresh Canagarajah, Yuko Goto-Butler, Takako Nishino, and Jane Hoelker. Scheduled for March 27 at 10:00 a.m. in Denver. TESOL program abstract (50 words): Whether learning or teaching English in the EFL context, the model of Communities of Practice moves individuals and groups forward in their development. Examples of shared practices implemented in elementary, secondary and tertiary institutions as well as in programs of teacher professional development conducted on worldwide communication networks are discussed. My contribution is entitled "The Webheads and Distributed Communities of Practice" and its abstract is: In these times of globalization and worldwide communication networks, distributed communities (or any community of practice that cannot rely on face-to-face meetings and interactions as its primary vehicle for connecting members) are becoming more common. The concept of distributed CoPs has been implemented in ongoing teacher professional development, foremost through Webheads in Action and in various other communities and offshoots from these, such as such as EVO (Electronic Village Online) and numerous TESOL conference presentations. How Wenger’s concept of CoPs has evolved after his encounter with the Webheads online will also be discussed.

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  • The Webheads and Distributed Communities of Practice Vance Stevens Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE Presentation made as panelist on a colloquium held March 27, 2009 at the annual TESOL Convention in Denver Vance Stevens TESOL 2009
  • Global and local visions: Evolving communities of practice Panelists: Vance Stevens, Suresh Canagarajah, Yuko Goto-Butler, Toni Hull, Perin Jusara, Golge Seferoglu, Takako Nishino, and Jane Hoelker March 27, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the Annual TESOL Convention in Denver Colloquium abstract : Whether learning or teaching English in the EFL context, the model of Communities of Practice moves individuals and groups forward in their development. Examples of shared practices implemented in elementary, secondary and tertiary institutions as well as in programs of teacher professional development conducted on worldwide communication networks are discussed. Presented at the colloquium, entitled: Vance Stevens TESOL 2009
  • The Webheads and Distributed Communities of Practice: Abstract
    • In these times of globalization and worldwide communication networks, distributed communities of practice (e.g. any CoP that cannot rely on face-to-face meetings and interactions as its primary vehicle for connecting members) are becoming more common.
    • This presentation discusses CoPs implemented for educational technology specialists, many particularly concerned with language learning, in ongoing teacher professional development,
      • foremost through Webheads in Action http://webheads.info
      • and in various other communities and offshoots from these, such as TESOL-sponsored EVO (Electronic Village Online).
    • The concept of distributed CoPs has been addressed by Etienne Wenger. How Wenger’s concept of CoPs has evolved after his encounter with the Webheads online will also be discussed.
    Vance Stevens TESOL 2009 Vance Stevens TESOL 2009
  • Characteristics of CoPs
    • They promote knowledge of a domain
    • They revolve around a practice
    • Community aspects
      • They form spontaneously, voluntarily
      • They have particularly defined community spaces in which they interact
    Most frequently understood to be defined by Etienne Wenger; e.g. Vance Stevens TESOL 2009 Vance Stevens TESOL 2009
  • Configurations for sharing and dissemination of knowledge
    • Groups
    • Communities
    • Communities of practice
    • Connectivist perspectives
      • Personal learning networks
      • Distributed learning networks
      • Rhyzomic learning
    Vance Stevens TESOL 2009 Vance Stevens TESOL 2009
  • Configurations
    • Groups
    Vance Stevens TESOL 2009 Vance Stevens TESOL 2009
  • Configurations
    • Groups
    • Communities
    Vance Stevens TESOL 2009 Vance Stevens TESOL 2009
  • Configurations
    • Groups
    • Communities
    • Communities of practice
      • Domain
      • Practice
      • Community
    Vance Stevens TESOL 2009 Vance Stevens TESOL 2009
  • Configurations
    • Groups
    • Communities
    • Communities of practice
    • Networks can include overlapping communities
    Vance Stevens TESOL 2009 Vance Stevens TESOL 2009
  • Configurations
    • Groups
    • Communities
    • Communities of practice
    • Networks and sample Connections
    Vance Stevens TESOL 2009 Vance Stevens TESOL 2009
  • Webheads in Action
    • WiA formed as result of 2002 EVO sesson
    • Educators who engage in
      • Helping each other pursue lifelong, just-in-time, informal learning
      • Through experimentation in use of social-media and computer mediated communications tools
      • Webheads in Action Online Convergence WiAOC 2005, 2007, 2009 http://wiaoc.org
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  • Webheads: is it a Group? Community? Network?
    • Started out as a Yahoo Group
    • Developed sense of community
    • Conceived itself as a community of practice
      • EVOnline workshop: Reflection through experience and experiment with a communities of practice online: http://vancestevens.com/papers/tesol/baltimore2003/copractice.html#workshop
      • Colloquium: "Case study of a community of practice": http://vancestevens.com/papers/tesol/baltimore2003/copractice.html#colloquium
    Vance Stevens TESOL 2009 Vance Stevens TESOL 2009
  • Webheads as a CoP
    • Chris Johnson
    • joined Webheads in order to study the community as a possible example of a distributed CoP
    • Etienne Wenger on his doctoral committee
    • found that Webheads fit most of the criteria outlined by Wenger, except possibly on not having a defined space for interaction
    • Conclusion: Webheads was almost a CoP (came close) ‏
      • Johnson , Christopher. (2003). Annotated Bibliography: Web version. Communties of practice bibliography created for Webheads in Action EVOnline sessions, at http://sites.inka.de/manzanita/dissertation/biblio_COP.htm
      • Johnson , Christopher. (2003). CoP Theory Overview. Retrieved February 12, 2004 from: http://sites.inka.de/manzanita/cop/
    Vance Stevens TESOL 2009 Vance Stevens TESOL 2009
  • Wenger on Webheads as CoP
    • Cristina Costa said she felt that she was a member of a CoP when she realized her practice had begun to change
    • I asked Etienne whether his concept of CoPs had evolved after his encounter with the Webheads online
      • Referred to Cristina’s comment as one indication that Webheads was a CoP
      • He said that the fact that Webheads met in so many spaces while clearly being a CoP was a revelation to him, that he realized he could redefine his previous thinking on constraints on SPACE occupied by distributed CoPs
    Etienne Wenger in keynote “interview” with Suzanne Nyrop at 2007 WiAOC (Webheads in Action Online Convergence) http://wiaoc.org (WiAOC 2009 is May 22-24 this year). Vance Stevens TESOL 2009 Vance Stevens TESOL 2009
  • Knowledge dissimenation through communities and networks
    • Downes on distributed learning networks
      • Knowing ( where’s Waldo?) Once you know, you can’t not know
      • Knowledge exists throughout nodes in a network
    • Wenger notes (2002:6) ‏
      • Increasing complexity of knowledge requires greater … collaboration; whereas …
      • Half life of knowledge is getting shorter
    • Cormier - rhizomatic learning to deal with increasingly rapid obsolescence of knowledge
    • Siemens – connectivism stresses importance of pipes over content
    Vance Stevens TESOL 2009 Vance Stevens TESOL 2009
  • Jack Richards plenary Denver TESOL 2009 (March 27) ‏
    • About what teachers need to KNOW in order to practice effectively
    • Research indicates that teachers tend to revert to traditional methods rather than activate what they are exposed to in training curricula
    • Derick Wenmouth (also from NZ) mentioned similar research findings at K-12 Online 2008
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  • Implications for PD: Communities or Networks?
    • PD can mean personal or professional development
    • Perhaps a matter of scale, number of participants
    • Evolution of Webheads is instructive
      • Community members interact within the domain
      • Networks imply widespread, perhaps opportunistic, contacts, looser characterization of domains and practices
    • Which is more productive? Given spontaneous and voluntary nature, probably a moot question.
    Vance Stevens TESOL 2009 Vance Stevens TESOL 2009
  • References
    • Wenger , E. (1998) Communities of practice Learning as a social system. Retrieved April 22, 2005, from: http://www.co-i-l.com/coil/knowledge-garden/cop/lss.shtml
    • Wenger , E. (2002). Richard McDermott, and William M. Snyder. Cultivating communities of practice. Boston: Harvard Business School Press. 284 pages.
    • Wenger , E. (2004a). Communities of practice: A brief introduction. Retrieved April 22, 2005 from: http://www.ewenger.com/theory/index.htm .
    • Wenger , E. (2004b). Cultivating communities of practice: A quick start-up guide. Retrieved April 22, 2005, from http://www.ewenger.com/theory/start-up_guide_PDF.pdf
    • Find this slide show online at http://slideshare.net/vances
    Vance Stevens TESOL 2009 Vance Stevens TESOL 2009