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SCoPE Community: Essential Elements for Informal Learning


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A CADE-AMTEC presentation by Heather Ross and Sylvia Currie about the SCoPE community May, 2007

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SCoPE Community: Essential Elements for Informal Learning

  1. 1. SCoPE Community Essential Elements for Informal Learning Sylvia Currie, SFU Heather Ross, SIAST
  2. 2. Met in person for the first time today!
  3. 3. Overview <ul><li>Background of SCoPE </li></ul><ul><li>Elements, emphases, and catalysts </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence that SCoPE is a virtual learning community </li></ul><ul><li>The work that is needed </li></ul>
  4. 4. About SCoPE <ul><li>Launch fall, 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Free, open to the public </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and build on SFU interests and expertise and also serve an international audience </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage the use of SCoPE for research on online communities </li></ul>
  5. 5. Starting Point <ul><li>Simple, web-based environment </li></ul><ul><li>Essential communication tools </li></ul><ul><li>Careful not to “over design” before launch </li></ul><ul><li>Began with discussion about the community </li></ul><ul><li>Core activity: monthly seminar discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Designed for busy people </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No obligations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No guilt allowed! </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Elements of Communities <ul><li>Selznik (1996) </li></ul><ul><li>Historicity </li></ul><ul><li>Identity </li></ul><ul><li>Mutuality </li></ul><ul><li>Plurality </li></ul><ul><li>Autonomy </li></ul><ul><li>Participation </li></ul><ul><li>Integration </li></ul><ul><li>Schwier (2001) - </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Learning Communities </li></ul><ul><li>An orientation to the future </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul>
  7. 7. Historicity <ul><li>“ Let's get started. I really liked how Richard set up the last seminar so I'm going to do something similar. ” (Heather Ross - 5 November 2006) </li></ul><ul><li>“ In the last seminar on online facilitation, Nick and Sylvia used some tools to give us an ‘at a glance’ overview of the discussions. We’ll also be using these tools in this session.” Therese Weel 4 April, 2007 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Identity <ul><li>Discussions about SCoPE </li></ul><ul><li>Vote on name, logo </li></ul><ul><li>Members’ blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciation of contributions: “I want to acknowledge David for sharing his cogent notes on our seminar so far. They provide a useful and succinct picture of where we’ve been and where else we might go… (Sarah Haavind 2 June, 2006 ) </li></ul><ul><li>Profiles </li></ul>
  9. 9. Participation <ul><li>880 members </li></ul><ul><li>43 countries </li></ul><ul><li>28 members have volunteered to facilitate seminars </li></ul><ul><li>16 Special Interest Groups have been created </li></ul><ul><li>3,531 posts </li></ul><ul><li>99,211 guest views </li></ul>
  10. 10. Autonomy <ul><li>In keeping with the tradition at SCoPE, newcomers, latecomers, lurkers, and passersby are always welcomed! </li></ul><ul><li>Not all participants are visible </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to become familiar with the culture </li></ul><ul><li>Model respectful communication </li></ul><ul><li>To date zero instances of inappropriate behaviour </li></ul>
  11. 11. Plurality & Mutuality <ul><li>Encourage association with related groups </li></ul><ul><li>Reciprocity / mutual exchange of services and interests </li></ul><ul><li>Bringing in knowledge and examples from outside groups </li></ul>
  12. 12. Technology: Access and Communication <ul><li>Different modes and levels of engagement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email subscriptions to forums </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Invisible presence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Incidental learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spontaneous entry into a discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Been lurking asynchronously, but my activation threshold has been reached and I have to jump in with some desultory comments.” </li></ul><ul><li>Corrie Bergeron - 26 January 2007 </li></ul>
  13. 13. Technology: Co-Construction <ul><li>Smartcopy/ referencing </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>3rd party tools </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-referencing earlier forums </li></ul><ul><li>Marginalia for tracking/summarizing </li></ul><ul><li>Search by individual forum or entire group </li></ul>
  14. 14. Future <ul><li>Members decide the future </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideas for seminar topics emerge through participation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special interest groups to continue discussions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unlike traditional courses with start and end dates, SCoPE continues and is shaped by members’ interests </li></ul>
  15. 15. Learning <ul><li>“ SCoPE is such an amazing learning environment. See you on the 4th!” (Ian McLeod 2 April 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing knowledge in workplaces and local communities (plurality) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Integration
  17. 17. The work that is needed <ul><li>Organize discussion threads for casual participation </li></ul><ul><li>Management of resources generated through participation </li></ul><ul><li>Porous boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to advance our work together </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrate our accomplishments </li></ul>
  18. 18. Join us! http://scope. lidc . sfu .ca