Community of practice A community of practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a craft and/or a profession. The concept was first proposed by cognitive anthropologist Jean Lave and educational theorist Etienne Wenger in their 1991 book Situated Learning (Lave & Wenger 1991). Wenger then significantly expanded on the concept in his 1998 book Communities of Practice (Wenger 1998). A CoP can evolve naturally because of the members' common interest in a particular domain or area, or it can be created deliberately with the goal of gaining knowledge related to a specific field. It is through the process of sharing information and experiences with the group that members learn from each other, and have an opportunity to develop personally and professionally (Lave & Wenger 1991). CoPs can exist in physical settings, for example, a lunch room at work, a field setting, a factory floor, or elsewhere in the environment, but members of CoPs do not have to be co-located. Overview Origin and development Domain
Study Together OpenStudy is study help 2.0. Everyone needs study help but it has to be just right—online, immediate, even late at night. We make this possible on OpenStudy. Connect with other students studying the same things. Get help and give help. Stay and enjoy the conversation. Like any successful startup, we work hard, have fun, and believe in what we do. OpenStudy has been supported by the smartest institutions: National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Georgia Research Alliance, Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and Learn Capital. Team Preetha Ram, CEO and co-founder, is known to OpenStudiers as "Bombdiggity". Ashwin Ram is a co-founder of OpenStudy and Chief Innovation Officer of Interactive Intelligence at Xerox PARC. Alex Natskovich is CTO and Chief DragonSlayer. Hilary Lombard is Director of Engagement at OpenStudy and keeps the community, the ambassadors, the moderators, and everyone else humming with happiness.
Bruce E. Levine: 8 Reasons Young Americans Don’t Fight Back: How the U.S. Crushed Youth Resistance The ruling elite has created social institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance. By **Bruce E. Levine** By arrangement with AlterNet.org. Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. Young Americans—even more so than older Americans—appear to have acquiesced to the idea that the corporatocracy can completely screw them and that they are helpless to do anything about it. How exactly has American society subdued young Americans? 1. Large debt—and the fear it creates—is a pacifying force. Today in the United States, two-thirds of graduating seniors at four-year colleges have student-loan debt, including over 62 percent of public university graduates. 2. In 1955, Erich Fromm, the then widely respected anti-authoritarian leftist psychoanalyst, wrote, “Today the function of psychiatry, psychology and psychoanalysis threatens to become the tool in the manipulation of man.” 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. This post originally appeared at AlterNet.org.
Kate's Cake Decorating: Techniques and Tips for Fun and Fancy Ca DIY, says 'edupunk' star. Distortion and sell-out, say critics Few scholarly cheers for author's 'branded' vision of accessible higher education. Sarah Cunnane writes In 2008, a diverse group of people working in and around higher education decided they were - in the words of the film Network - "mad as hell, and not going to take it any more". The cause: the omnipresence of "cookie-cutter" content management systems for teaching such as Blackboard and the focus on new technology as a force for change, rather than on the potential of the community around that technology. The result: edupunk. On his blog, Groom has described the importance of the work of edupunks, who he says are working in opposition to "the decline of higher ed into a series of feeding lots for the private sector job market". The definition of edupunk is somewhat loose, as preferred by its creator and early adopters. "It's a word that has had a lot of different meanings, but it appeals to people," Kamenetz says. That's not punk, that's ridiculous What about the revolution? Not fade away
Personal learning environment Personal Learning Environments (PLE) are systems that help learners take control of and manage their own learning. This includes providing support for learners to: Set their own learning goals.Manage their learning, both content and process.Communicate with others in the process of learning. A PLE represents the integration of a number of "Web 2.0" technologies like blogs, Wikis, RSS feeds, Twitter, Facebook, etc. around the independent learner. Using the term "e-learning 2.0", Stephen Downes describes the PLE as: "... one node in a web of content, connected to other nodes and content creation services used by other students. ROLE supports openness by designing a ROLE Reference implementation - infrastructure that supports assembled widget bundles with communication channels, authentication and authorization mechanisms, services for activity tracking and analysis and access to psycho-pedagogical user profiles. See More External links References
Open Academy Powerful Learning Practice supports its Communities with live events featuring experts, practitioners, and educational thought leaders from around the world. We are offering these challenging, action-packed sessions to extend learning opportunities beyond our Communities to the rest of the globe. Through the list below, you can view the archives in Elluminate. Check back often to see what new material has been added or subscribe via RSS. Customized for your team Let Powerful Learning Practice create a customized virtual professional development program for your team. Learn about Virtual Institutes 21st Century Fellows Tools Series Have you been hearing about great Web 2.0 tools from your fellow Powerful Learning Practice team members and wondering how you’ll ever get around to learning to use them? View all Pecha Kucha Nights PechaKucha is a new global presentation phenomenon, which originated in Japan sometime during 2003. View all PLP Live Events View all Self-Guided Courses View all View all
Private Student Loans: What Lenders Won’t Tell You | Broke Professionals Private student loans can seem like a great alternative to federal loans. If you need to borrow more than the current annual federal limits, or if you have expenses beyond the cost of attending classes (vehicle repairs or a new computer, for example), private student loans offer a way to cover those costs without paying out of pocket. For college students, who tend to live on a limited budget, a private loan sounds like a responsible way to pay for necessities without resorting to credit cards. In the fall of 2004, I was a college senior in a dire financial situation. Distrustful of big name lenders like Sallie Mae, I chose a relatively unknown lender with great reviews. My Private Student Loan Timeline October 2004: I received my private loan check for $9500, which I promptly used to pay off all our outstanding debt. November 2004: I received a statement saying I owed $120 on the new loan. April 2006: My loan was purchased by a bigger entity who I’ll call Fells Wargo. 1. 2. 3. 4.
Decorating Cupcakes, Cakes & Cookies (9781845979577): Annie Rigg How Web-Savvy Edupunks Are Transforming American Higher Education 35 Ways To Build Your Personal Learning Network Online Personal learning networks are a great way for educators to get connected with learning opportunities, access professional development resources, and to build camaraderie with other education professionals. Although PLNs have been around for years, in recent years social media has made it possible for these networks to grow exponentially. Now, it’s possible to expand and connect your network around the world anytime, anywhere. But how exactly do you go about doing that? Check out our guide to growing your personal learning network with social media, full of more than 30 different tips, ideas, useful resources, and social media tools that can make it all possible. Tips & Ideas Get started developing your social media PLN with these tips and ideas for great ways to make use of social tools. Actively make ties : It’s not enough to just follow and read, you need to connect. Guides Tools & Resources Want to really make the most of your PLN?