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The Center: A Social Online Learning Community for California's 112 Community Collleges


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A presentation shared at the 2014 Online Teaching Conference in San Diego about @ONE's new social online learning community, The Center. The Center is designed to connect California's 112 community colleges through social learning, foster our educators' online presence, and improve sharing and innovation across physical campuses. Together we can and will learn more!

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The Center: A Social Online Learning Community for California's 112 Community Collleges

  1. 1. In California, there are 112 community colleges.
  2. 2. They come together in The Center to: share inquire reflect
  3. 3. brought(to(you(by What is The Center? (A(next.generation(learning(community( designed(to(improve(communication(and( increase(innovation(throughout(California’s(112( community(colleges.
  4. 4. The Center Fosters community throughout the state, across campuses Builds relationships between faculty/administrators/ staff Improves collaboration across institutions Reduces sense of alienation for part-time instructors brought(to(you(by
  5. 5. Join'the'community'at:' Follow'The'Center'on' Twitter''@Center_Ed # Join'the'Conversation'with' hashtag''#CCCLEARN brought(to(you(by The Center creating more connected educators
  6. 6. brought(to(you(by Connectedness People need to learn how to connect to new people on a regular basis. No person has all the knowledge needed to work alone in our connected society. Neither does any company. Neither does any government. ! ! We are all connected AND dependent on each other. Howard Jarche
  7. 7. Why do you need an online presence? Recognition Showcase the value of your scholarly activity Build connections Providing opportunities for collaboration and shared learning Lead by example Our students also need to build an online presence to stand out from the crowd Slide(Credit:(Sue(Beckingham(@suebecks
  8. 8. The Impact of Social on the Workplace organizational adaptability & agility •By 2017: #2 customer interaction method (IBM) •Impact: more open, transparent, employee- empowered workplace •By 2016: 50% of large orgs will have social networks & 30% of these will be as essential as email & telephones are today (Gartner) Gartner, (2013). Gartner Says 80 Percent of Social Business Efforts Will Not Achieve Intended Benefits Through 2015, Retrieved from Fidelman, M.(2012 ). Forbes. IBM Study: If you don’t have a social CEO, you’re going to be less competitive. Retrieved from: less-competitive/ Slide by Michelle Pacansky-Brock
  9. 9. 0 0.175 0.35 0.525 0.7 12% 40% 47% 50% 61% Social media relationships have more personal meaning. Social media has led me to increase engagement in real-life activity. Social media increases my voice in society. Social media friends are the same as real life friends. Social media made me more aware of global issues. IBM. (2012). Connected generation: Perspectives from tomorrow’s leaders in a digital world The Value of Social Media 
 to College Students’ Lives Slide by Michelle Pacansky-Brock
  10. 10. Share Engage Learn A professional online presence gives you wider reach AND bridges to new opportunities Slide(Credit:(Sue(Beckingham(@suebecks
  11. 11. Building your online presence is an ongoing iterative process Slide(Credit:(Sue(Beckingham(@suebecks
  12. 12. Hangouts on Air Live Streaming Video Conversations Submitted(questions(( load(here(in(a(feed. The(moderator( addresses( questions(and( Hangout( participants( respond(verbally. • Click and view.! • Ask questions using Google+ or Twitter (#CCCLEARN).
  13. 13. Hangouts on Air Live Streaming Video Conversations Hangout archives are also shared on @ONE’s YouTube channel.
  14. 14. How The Center Can Support You! Personal, continuous professional development Build your personal learning network (PLN) Learn from anywhere Participatory! Ask questions, volunteer to share in a Hangout! Refresh your instructional technology skills Build relationships at campuses across the state and beyond! Stay current on best practices at institutions beyond your own without traveling
  15. 15. How The Center Can Support You! Institutional professional development View live Hangouts with a group of colleagues, follow with discussion, share back by summarizing your conversation with our G+ community Improve the institutional awareness and value of social media as a learning tool “Flip” PD sessions on campus by having faculty view the archive of a Hangout and attend a discussion/demo of a relevant tool Leverage Hangout archives as open educational resources in online PD offerings
  16. 16. Spring 2014 Community Survey The Center 50 Respondents ~22% response rate
  17. 17. How do you follow The Center? 2% 44% 2% 52% Google+ Twitter Google+(and(Twitter Neither
  18. 18. Are you employed at a CCC? 6% 18% 76% Yes No Other
  19. 19. Which describes your role? 8% 2% 6% 10% 4% 18% 52% CCC(Faculty CCC(Staff CCC(Admin Faculty(Other Staff(Other Admin(Other Other
  20. 20. The Center improves awareness of innovations occurring on other campuses. 80%(( Strongly(Agreed/( Agreed
  21. 21. The Center improves sharing of ideas across campuses. 78%(( Strongly(Agreed/( Agreed
  22. 22. What is a barrier to your participation in The Center’s activities? Not(interested(in(the(topics Don't(know(when(live(events(occur Don't(know(how(to(use(Twitter(but(I(want(to(learn Don't(know(how(to(use(Twitter(&(and(I(don't(want(to(learn Don't(know(where(to(find(the(Hangout(archives My(schedule Other 0 10 20 30 40
  23. 23. Share a specific improvement/benefit that has been an outcome of your experiences with The Center. I(have(changed(the(way(I(respond(to(student(work((using(video)(as(a(result(of(several(hangouts( and(the(resulting(discussions. (I(love(the(way(ideas(build(on(each(other(in(the(hangouts,(live(questions,(and(later(comments(in( Google+(and(on(Twitter. Having(a(topic(active(for(several(days(has(led(me(to(spend(enough(time(thinking(about(it(to(feel( comfortable(trying(something(new(in(my(classes.(Also,(having(a(channel(to(share(how(it(went(with( others(encourages(me(to(do(it(and(improve(upon(it. With(my(new(awareness(of(what(colleagues(at(other(colleges(are(doing,(I(am(helping(my( college(to(revise(our(Distance(Education(policies(and(training(programs.(I(could(go(on(and(on.. The(Center(has(had(a(huge(impact(on(my(teaching(life! I've(been(inspired(to(do(more(videos(and(screencasts(with(my(online(classes(for(more(instructor( presence.
  24. 24. Share a specific improvement/benefit that has been an outcome of your experiences with The Center. Gained(many(ideas(for(my(online(&(hybrid(classes(from(the(presentations.(It(has( also(confirmed(that(online(teaching(can(be(as(interactive(if(not(more(than(a( traditional(F2F(class.(Additionally,(these(presentations(reaffirmed(desire(to( pursue(more(online(opportunities.(Thank(you. (I(have(created(a(personal(faculty(web(page.(I(have(started(using(new(programs( like(Haiku(Deck(and(introduced(new(programs(to(colleagues. Have(found(the(thoughts(of(other(faculty(very(helpful(to(my(online(teaching( and(my(work(with(our(Committee(for(Online(Learning(at(Foothill(College.( Started(a(Google(Hangout(for(a(campus(club(meeting.(Planning(to(use(for( online(office(hours(as(well.(
  25. 25. Get The Center Guide… and share it widely!