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Building an Online Learning Community

Workshop materials for SchoolNet Conference, South Africa, July 2011

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Building an Online Learning Community

  1. Building an Online Learning CommunityJane HartSchoolNet ConferenceSouth AfricaJuly 2011<br />
  2. Agenda<br />What is an Online Learning Community?<br />What happens in an Online Learning Community?<br />What tools can be used to build an Online Learning Community?<br />How do you maintain and sustain an Online Learning Community?<br />
  3. What is an Online Learning Community?<br />“An online learning community is a public or private destination on the Internet that addresses the learning needs of its members by facilitating peer-to-peer learning. <br />… people work as a community to achieve a shared learning objective.” <br />Wikipedia<br />
  4. If your classroom is a Learning Communitywhy have anOnline Learning Community?<br />
  5. Borderless education <br />
  6. Distance learning <br />
  7. To support in-class learning<br />
  8. To support learning outside the classroom<br />
  9. to enhance thesocial and collaborativelearning experience <br />
  10. To build a Professional Learning Community<br />A  professional learning community (PLC) is an extended learning opportunity to foster collaborative learning among colleagues within a particular work environment or field<br />A Community of Practice<br />
  11. What happens in an Online Learning Community?<br />Communication<br />Conversations<br />
  12. What happens in an Online Learning Community?<br />Collaboration<br />
  13. What happens in an Online Learning Community?<br />Collaborative discovery<br />
  14. What happens in an Online Learning Community?<br />Content / KnowledgeCo-creation<br />
  15. What happens in an Online Learning Community?<br />Sharing <br />
  16. What happens in an Online Learning Community?<br />All within a comfortable, safe easy-to-use environment <br />
  17. What tools can be used to build an Online Learning Community?<br />Many different tools Most appropriate will depend on <br />functionalityintegration of content and communitymanagement and controlsecurity and privacy<br />
  18. Top 100Tools for Learning 2010<br />List compiled from the Top 10 Tools contributions of 545learning professionals worldwide<br />
  19. What tools can be used to build an Online Learning Community?<br />Individual tools<br />Blogs<br />Collaboration tools (eg wikis)<br />Public & private social networking sites<br />Social learning platforms<br />Organisational tools<br />Course management tools<br />Social and collaboration platforms<br />EXAMPLES<br />FunctionalityEase of use<br />Target audience<br />Privacy<br />Management<br />Control<br />
  20. http://grade1cr.global2.vic.edu.au<br />1 Blogs<br />FunctionalityEase of use<br />Target audience<br />Privacy<br />Management<br />Control<br />
  21. 2 Collaboration tools (eg Wikis)<br />FunctionalityEase of use<br />Target audience<br />Privacy<br />Management<br />Control<br />
  22. 3 Public and private social networking tools<br />FunctionalityEase of use<br />Target audience<br />Privacy<br />Management<br />Control<br />
  23. FunctionalityEase of use<br />Target audience<br />Privacy<br />Management<br />Control<br />
  24. Profile pageincludes blog, file sharing<br />Sub-groups<br />Members list<br />Chat<br />Discussion<br />
  25. 4 Formal Social Learning Platforms<br />FunctionalityEase of use<br />Target audience<br />Privacy<br />Management<br />Control<br />
  26. 5 Course Management Systems<br />FunctionalityEase of use<br />Target audience<br />Privacy<br />Management<br />Control<br />
  27. 6 Social and collaboration platforms<br />FunctionalityEase of use<br />Target audience<br />Privacy<br />Management<br />Control<br />
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  29. How do you maintain and sustain an Online Learning Community?<br />“Communities don’t want to be managed – they want to be nurtured.” <br />“Seed, feed and weed” <br />
  30. Jane’s 10 tips for setting up an Online Learning Community?<br />Provide a personal rather than a generic welcome<br />Identify the value an individual will bring to the community – particularly from “outsiders”.<br />Provide tips and guidelines for the community – keep “rules” to a minimum – consider community-generated rules. Be clear about its purpose.<br />Allow self-moderation of community – don’t always be the one to express concern – but “respect” views.<br />In the early days, provide regular postings: questions rather than statements work best. Demonstrate good practice. <br />Encourage sharing of links, resources, ideas, experiences etc.<br />As the community becomes self-sustaining, reduce your presence <br />Remember the 90-9-1 rule ; encourage participation but don’t under-estimate the value of “lurking”<br />Don’t try and force “social”<br />Don’t use social activity metrics as a measure of learning.<br />
  31. bit.ly/buildingacommunity<br />

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