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Should We Use Community EDayz09 Keynote


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A reexamination and reframing of how we use the concept of "community" in learning together online.

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Should We Use Community EDayz09 Keynote

  1. 1. EDayz09 Should we be using “community for learning?” Nancy White Full Circle Associates
  2. 2. Is “ community ” dead?
  3. 3. Irrelevant? Over-used? Abused? Spot-on? When? Why?
  4. 4.
  5. 5. What do we really MEAN by community ?
  6. 6. Tech + Social: Technology has fundamentally changed how we can be together
  7. 7. Go Solo?
  8. 8. Pairs, triads and very small groups?
  9. 9. Fly with the flock?
  10. 10. Roam the network?
  11. 11.
  12. 13. Assumption: Social Learning (and? “social objects” and “socio-material networks la Engstrom...) h
  13. 14. h
  14. 15. (Um, I'm no theorist...)
  15. 16. Many: Networks We: Communities Me: the Individual Personal identity, interest & trajectory Bounded membership; group identity, shared interest, human centered Boundaryless; fuzzy, intersecting interests, object centered sociality (Engeström)
  16. 17. Many: Networks We: Communities Me: the Individual consciousness, confidence level, risk tolerance, styles, emotion Distinct power/trust dynamics, shared forward movement or strong blocking, stasis, attention to maintenance, language Flows around blocks, less cohesion, distributed power/trust, change
  17. 18. Many: Networks We: Communities Me: the Individual Individual access, personal learning environments … Classes, informal learning cohorts, conferences, clubs… Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Wikipedia,etc…
  18. 19. the CONTINUUM...
  19. 20. B a l a n c e
  20. 21. Where are you currently aiming your efforts?
  21. 22. <ul><li>Assess and discern </li></ul><ul><li>Design across the continuum </li></ul><ul><li>Shift across the continuum </li></ul>implications
  22. 23. Action Connection 4 employment Scale
  23. 24. Triangulating to Outside Connections
  24. 25.
  25. 27. Alone... in prison…
  26. 28. Hopefulness…support
  27. 29. Connection
  28. 30. Innovation…
  29. 31. External Validation
  30. 32. How? <ul><li>External support person(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Connection to a domain-related network or community </li></ul><ul><li>Intentional external validation </li></ul>
  31. 33. What practices & roles might we introduce?
  32. 34. <ul><li>facilitators </li></ul><ul><li>community leaders </li></ul><ul><li>technology stewards </li></ul><ul><li>network weavers </li></ul><ul><li>Independent thinkers </li></ul>
  33. 35. How do we enable people to… <ul><li>discover & appropriate useful technology </li></ul><ul><li>be in and use communities & networks (people) </li></ul><ul><li>express their identity </li></ul><ul><li>find and create content </li></ul><ul><li>usefully participate </li></ul>? ? ?
  34. 36. Reframe... <ul><li>Writing a book </li></ul><ul><li>Developing a social media workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Building social media capacity </li></ul>
  35. 37. Togetherness Separateness Interacting Publishing Individual Group Network
  36. 38. What is one area in your work where more attention to the continuum of “me, we and the network” might support your purpose?
  37. 39. Epilogue Resources: Contact Nancy White nancyw at fullcirc dot com @NancyWhite