CoPs to Support Social Learning in DE / Teacher PD through web 2.0 Environments

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  • Simply, learning is the process of moving from not knowing to knowing. The ‘social’ aspect of the
    learning relies upon human interaction. Therefore, social learning is constructed from conversations and
    participation within a CoP.
    It is about ‘how’ members learn, rather than the content or ‘what’ they learn.
  • The CoP supports the apprentice by interacting regularly, sharing tales and
    experiences. Social Learning within a community is ‘learning about a subject’ as well as ‘learning to be
    a full participant’. The shared passion and the interaction engages the learner and enables them to
    acquire deep knowledge about a subject and the ability to participate in the community through
    productive enquiry and social interaction
    group of people....learn to do it
    better through interaction” [5]. Both these definitions exploit the idea of social interaction and people,
    the very foundations of social learning
  • Institutional & Individual
    Epistemological & Technological & Training
    Learning can take place independently of physical distance between students and teachers
    Teachers face the challenge of meeting learner expectations at a distance as highlighted by
    Cantelon; “most of higher education will take place off-campus through technological methods of
    delivery” [6]. Distance learning is already a part of everyday life for most educational institutions,
    recognizing the problems and addressing them will be critical to the success of distance learning in the
    future, particularly as demand increase
  • One of the main advantages of a CoP aside from the potential social learning, is the ‘community’ itself.
    The community will help reduce the problems of isolation and alienation by bringing together students enabling them to share and discuss their concerns. Thus, a CoP provides the students with
    a highly interactive space to develop electronic connectedness. This connectedness allows the students
    to form relationships, interact socially and generally create the ‘scholarly community’ that has
    reportedly been lacking in many of the distance programs delivered to date.

    he facilitation of communication and social interaction will also help to minimize the perceived lack
    of contact or feedback as the CoP will restore the communication link

    CoP facilitate social learning as a result of the active participation and community members can learn
    from interacting and observing other people. As a student, one is likely to pick up valuable knowledge
    from discussing the subject with friends as well as they could from sitting through hours of lectures.
    Participation is the process of being active in the practice of the community and constructing identities
    in relation to these communities
  • Teacher professional development is no longer synonymous with acquiring new teaching techniques, it is rather about starting new processes as to engage with new forms of learning, reflected in the practice of teaching
  • Gone Digital? Teacher professional development is no longer synonymous with acquiring new teaching techniques, it is rather about starting new processes as to engage with new forms of learning, reflected in the practice of teaching
    Providing meaningful experiences
    With and without technology
  • it takes time to find our feet ....
    Talk about old fashion curriculum
    standardized evaluation
  • What do we mean by it?
    A LMS? a replication of the classroom traditional practice
  • who the webheads are
    what they do
  • Fostering Learning with others
  • providing new opportunities
  • CoPs to Support Social Learning in DE / Teacher PD through web 2.0 Environments

    1. 1. Communities of Practice Supporting Social Learning in Distance Programs Ashley Healy & Cristina Costa September 2009
    2. 2. Social Learning An evolving process based on Human Interactions
    3. 3. Communities of Practice Learning through an Apprenticeship Model. Mentorship on how to ‘Be”
    4. 4. Technology shaping a new generation of (distance) Learning
    5. 5. New Challenge for Educators Meet the new demands; Overcome Barriers. http://www.flickr.com/photos/turtlemom_nancy/1914397629/
    6. 6. Student Barriers Cost & Motivation; Lack of contact / feedback; Lack of support services; Alienation / Isolation; Technological Expectations; http://www.flickr.com/photos/vibrantspirit/2170581854/
    7. 7. Staff Barriers Lack of support by the institution; Technological experience; Acceptance of non-traditional formats.
    8. 8. http://www.flickr.com/photos/susanvg/3382838948/sizes/l/ How Can CoPs Help?
    9. 9. Educators: walk the talk Teacher Professional Development through participation in meaningful Learning Environments
    10. 10. Facing the challenge(s) made evident by the Knowing Society
    11. 11. Is it? (changing ...?) Where? What? Who? HOW? http://www.flickr.com/photos/cristinacosta/3447268650/
    12. 12. Virtual Learning Environments...?
    13. 13. Photo by Felinebird http://tinyurl.com/ap7bdw Photo by Bowbrick http://tinyurl.com/bpne2n http://www.classroomteachers.co.uk/
    14. 14. Informal Teacher PD Online The value of learning through shared practice; multiple channels and sources; tailored curriculum.... Enhanced through Human Touch. Bridged by Technology Photo by Carla Arena http://tinyurl.com/3vnv8h
    15. 15. Webheads in Action
    16. 16. The Growing role of Online CoPs Social & Lifelong Learning
    17. 17. The Importance of web 2.0 Technologies... Bridging people’s Learning
    18. 18. anything that is new usually.... At first it is unfamiliar, then it strikes root! (F. Pessoa) Caminante no hay camino, se hace camino al andar... (A. Machado) We are standing at the threshold of a new era in learning approaches and itineraries where the greatest novelty of ICT resides in the full use of the C: C for community, communication and care.. (Prof. Carneiro)
    19. 19. Thank You! Ashley Healy Cristina Costa ashley_healy@yahoo.co.uk c.mendesdacosta@salford.ac.uk Presentation for 2nd World Summit on the Knowledge Society http://www.open-knowledge-society.org/summit.htm

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