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Modeling social media in groups, communities, and networks - Socialnetworking 2009 Online Conference


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Modeling Social Media in Groups, Communities, and Networks, a presentation November 6, 2009 at the AVEALMEC/ARCALL online conference on Social Networking, November 5-8, 2009,

* The complete schedules and PDF promotional documents for this conference are here: <a></a>
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Modeling social media in groups, communities, and networks - Socialnetworking 2009 Online Conference

  1. 1. Modeling social media in groups, communities, and networks Vance Stevens Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE Prepared for the AVEALMEC/ARCALL online conference on Social Networking November 5-8, 2009 Attribution: Detailed information at
  2. 2. Where to begin? <ul><li>How about with some pieces loosely joined? </li></ul> Attribution:
  3. 3. Where to begin? <ul><li>How about with this thought </li></ul><ul><li>From Stephen Downes, Learning the Web 2.0 Way </li></ul>
  4. 4. Where do we get our models? <ul><li>Our daily network interactions; e.g. </li></ul><ul><li>Morning Tweets </li></ul>
  5. 5. Nings
  6. 6. Webcasts, Podcasts
  7. 7. Edmodo Modeled and demonstrated by Nicky Hockley, #Socialnet09
  8. 8. Waves Who are the early pouncers ?
  9. 9. Waves and Wikis
  10. 10. Future of Learning in a Networked World
  11. 11. Knowledge (Creative Commons) Attribution:
  12. 12. How did you learn about Creative Commons?
  13. 13. How did you LEARN how to find Creative Commons Images?
  14. 14. Heard it through the grapevine? Attribution: /
  15. 15. One State of Knowledge
  16. 16. Knowledge Changes
  17. 17. Paradigm Shift
  18. 18. Paradigm Shifts in Education
  19. 19. 10 Aspects of Paradigm Shift <ul><li>Pedagogy : Didactic --> constructivist </li></ul><ul><li>Modeling : Do as I say --> AND as I do </li></ul><ul><li>Transfer : Technology enjoyed at leisure is F.U.N. --> also, applied to professional practice </li></ul><ul><li>Trepidation : Will they find out? --> ok to say “I don’t know!” </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy : Print literacy --> multiliteracies </li></ul><ul><li>Heuristics : Client server --> peer to peer </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing : Copyrighted --> creative commons </li></ul><ul><li>Classification : Taxonomies --> folksonomies </li></ul><ul><li>Directionality : Push --> pull </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership : Proprietary --> open source </li></ul>
  20. 20. Paradigm Shifts in
  21. 21. Can’t get enough
  22. 22. Configurations for sharing and dissemination of knowledge <ul><li>Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Communities of practice </li></ul><ul><li>Connectivist perspectives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal learning networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distributed learning networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rhyzomic learning </li></ul></ul>Attribution: Nancy White
  23. 23. Configurations <ul><li>Groups </li></ul>
  24. 24. Configurations <ul><li>Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Communities </li></ul>
  25. 25. Configurations <ul><li>Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Communities of practice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Domain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Configurations <ul><li>Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Communities of practice </li></ul><ul><li>Networks can include overlapping communities </li></ul>
  27. 27. Configurations <ul><li>Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Communities of practice </li></ul><ul><li>Networks and sample Connections </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>Webheads started as EFL class in 1998 </li></ul><ul><li>WiA formed as result of 2002 EVO sesson </li></ul><ul><li>Educators who engage in </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Helping each other pursue lifelong, just-in-time, informal learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Through experimentation in use of social-media and computer mediated communications tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Webheads in Action Online Convergence WiAOC 2005, 2007, 2009 </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. Webheads: Group
  30. 30. Webheads: Community Attribution: http://
  31. 31. Webheads: Community of Practice
  32. 32. Personal Learning Networks Scott Leslie's PLE (above) and more PLE diagrams:
  33. 33. Getting back to knowledge Attribution:
  34. 34. Knowledge dissimenation through communities and networks <ul><li>Downes on distributed learning networks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowing ( where’s Waldo?) Once you know, you can’t not know </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge exists throughout nodes in a network </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wenger notes (2002:6) ‏ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increasing complexity of knowledge requires greater … collaboration; whereas … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Half life of knowledge is getting shorter </li></ul></ul>
  35. 35. <ul><li>Cormier - Rhizomatic Learning to deal with increasingly rapid obsolescence of knowledge </li></ul>Knowledge dissimenation through communities and networks
  36. 36. <ul><li>Siemens – Connectivism stresses importance of pipes over content </li></ul>Knowledge dissimenation through communities and networks Attribution:
  37. 37. Siemens – Connectivism – dealing with explosion of available info
  38. 38. Implications for Teacher Professional Development <ul><li>Jack Richards plenary Denver TESOL 2009 (March 27) ‏ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>About what teachers need to KNOW in order to practice effectively </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research indicates that teachers tend to revert to traditional methods rather than activate what they are exposed to in training curricula </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Derick Wenmouth (also from NZ) mentioned similar research findings at K-12 Online 2008 </li></ul>
  39. 39. Problems <ul><li>Teacher-trainers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>without sufficient experience with technology and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>rooted in old-school methodologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>simply not modeling new age learning behaviors for trainees </li></ul></ul>Attribution:
  40. 40. Problems <ul><li>Students and staff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>love to learn but hate to be taught, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>resent top-down approach forced on them by managers sometimes out of touch with actual needs of students and staff </li></ul></ul>Attribution:
  41. 41. Solutions <ul><li>Allow, facilitate, encourage networking in meetings, conferences, classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Offer workshops/projects bottom up, as something that staff/students organize themselves </li></ul><ul><li>Create atmosphere encouraging formation of communities of practice where staff/students interact with peers in other institutions </li></ul>
  42. 42. Models for professional and student skills development <ul><li>Encourage teams to organize training sessions that utilize synchronous and non-synchronous social media tools.  Call them something other than ‘training’ sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Use Nings / Moodles / wikis / Google Wave / Jing / uTiPu / or other LMS/CMS to replace outmoded email attachment systems </li></ul> <ul><li>Hold un-conferences and other grass roots events such as </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bar camps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LAN parties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speed-geeking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speed Lifing </li></ul></ul>
  43. 43. Keep current, participate with peers around the world in: <ul><li>Social networks: Ning, TappedIn, EVO, WiAOC </li></ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking: Delicious, Diigo </li></ul><ul><li>Groups: YahooGroups and GoogleGroups </li></ul><ul><li>Microblogging: Twitter, Plurk </li></ul><ul><li>Instant messaging: Yahoo Messenger, Skype </li></ul>
  44. 44. Keep current, participate with peers around the world in: <ul><li>Blogging and podcasting: keeping current via RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis: PBWiki, Wikispaces </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregation: Technorati, Pageflakes, Netvibes, Protopages, iGoogle, </li></ul>
  45. 45. This suggests that … <ul><li>Key to success in keeping current is in expanding productive contacts within a network </li></ul>Attribute: d'arcy norman touchgraph:
  46. 46. Thanks for joining Vance Stevens and friends … at AVEALMEC/ARCALL 2009 Social Networking Conference
  47. 47. Modeling social media in groups, communities, and networks Vance Stevens At the AVEALMEC/ARCALL online conference on Social Networking November 5-8, 2009 This has been More information here: