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20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network - Getting Smart by Miriam Clifford “20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network” by Miriam Clifford first appeared on the InfomED blog. Networking is a prime form of 21st century learning. The world is much smaller thanks to technology. Learning is transforming into a globally collaborative enterprise. Take for example scientists; professional networks allow the scientific community to share discoveries much faster. Just this month, a tech news article showcased how Harvard scientists are considering that “sharing discoveries is more efficient and honorable than patenting them.” As educators, we aim to be connected to advance our craft. Learning networks are based on the theory of connectivism, or learning from diverse social webs. What are some ways to grow your PLN and improve the quality of your interactions? 10 Tips For Using PLN’s Keep the spirit of collaboration as your driving force. 10 Tools & Strategies for Establishing a Productive PLN Use Diigo, Evernote, Pocket, or Delicious to bookmark links.

Welcome to the Bossless Company 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. 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. Communities of practice are not new phenomena: this type of learning has existed for as long as people have been learning and sharing their experiences through storytelling. Overview[edit] Origin and development[edit] Early years[edit] Later years[edit]

Valve: How I Got Here, What It’s Like, and What I’m Doing It all started with Snow Crash. If I hadn’t read it and fallen in love with the idea of the Metaverse, if it hadn’t made me realize how close networked 3D was to being a reality, if I hadn’t thought I can do that, and more importantly I want to do that, I’d never have embarked on the path that eventually wound up at Valve. By 1994, I had been working at Microsoft for a couple of years. One evening that year, while my daughter was looking at books in the Little Professor bookstore on the Sammamish Plateau, I happened to notice Snow Crash on a shelf. About the same time that it became clear I wasn’t going to be allowed to start that project, John Carmack, fresh from writing Doom at Id Software, came to Seattle to visit his mother, and we went to dinner at Thai Chef. Working with John was like the sequence in “The Matrix” where Neo has one martial art after another pumped into his brain. Going back to Microsoft was arguably not the best decision I ever made, but neither was it final.

How In-Person Meetups Are Fixing The Problem With MOOCs By Paul Glader, Managing Editor of WiredAcademic BERLIN – Somewhere between the cookie cutter Prussian-style classroom model of education and the lone-ranger online learning idea lurks the blended learning ideal, where one can have concentrated individualized learning time balanced with work among a small community of like-minded learners. Plato and others had this figured out thousands of years ago. It’s coming back. A few weeks ago, I signed up for a Coursera class – a massive open online course, or MOOC – a month ago and signed on to watch my first lecture this past week. Then, I dropped out (or, more politely, “unenrolled.”) Why? It wasn’t the teacher’s fault, Coursera’s fault or the fault of the course content. See Also: 5 Potential Ways MOOCs Will Evolve I’m signed up for another Coursera class in the spring that I think will be more directly useful to projects I have underway. The Advent Of MOOC Meetups From the edX site Finding Community Breeding Accountability Tech-Savvy Networking

Maak spelers van je werknemers: gamification bij het contact center van Knab - Frankwatching Er is al aanzienlijk geblogd over gamification, maar het volledig plaatje blijft vaak hangen op losse aanbevelingen. De essentiële bouwstenen zijn voor de meesten wel duidelijk, maar dan komt de vraag: ‘how to make it happen’. Om meer duidelijkheid te scheppen zal ik jullie, aan de hand van een recente invoering van een business game, meenemen in het hele proces. Deze case study betreft het contact center van de bank Knab. De mix aan verschillende aspecten als fun, spel, player journey en experience én de ontwikkeling van meetbare en vooral duurzame systemen om zakelijke doelstellingen te dienen zal ik hier structureren in een stappenplan. Gamification, wat is het ook alweer? Maar voordat we de stappen van het proces doorlopen, nog even een keer de definitie van gamification. Games zijn gewild en succesvol. Stap 1: Definieer de doelen Start met het boven water halen van de strategische doelstellingen. Tip: Stel een lijst op met potentiële doelstellingen. Meet het beoogde gedrag Look & Feel

Worried about your future? Why Joining a Co Working Site is a Good Idea | Queen Street Commons Look at the growth of Co Working sites. What is going on? What is going on is that we are seeing the emergence of the new face to face workplace that fits the life of the freelancer – who is at the core of the real new economy. (All images from the 2nd global survey of co working – PDF here) You can have a job now, be a student, be on the verge of retirement, be just layed off – here is where you can find the network you need and learn how to be a human again. I think that the Co Working Space is the “Factory” of our time. Here is a map that will show you the closest one to you. What they offer is a real Tribe. They were mainly very urban. The Queen St Commons was started in 2005 – we were one of the first 5 in the world in a city of less than 35,000. Lots to learn from each other as new micro models emerge. The next big move I think will be connecting all the co working sites into a global network. Like this: Like Loading...

How To Survive A Death March I suspect that everyone reading this has worked truly insane hours at one time or another. And you've probably suffered the consequences. So as my first post for Charlie's blog, here's something slightly different: a survival guide to working insane hours, based on many years in the film industry watching dawn break from my chair in the edit suite. Whilst I've been thinking about topics for guest-posting, I've spent some time considering what writers like Charlie and moviemakers like me have in common. I'd say I recall staying up for more than 72 hours to finish the trailer for my first film. The trailer was bloody terrible, too. Since then, I've ended up in the hundred-hour work week club at least once a year for various things. And right at the moment, I personally know at least three readers of this blog who are doing massive death marches on individual projects. So I thought I'd share some tips I've picked up over the years of injudicious working hours... That's half the equation.

The Extension Educator's Role as 21st Century Platform Builders - Oct 3, 2012 Conference Session This event is part of the eXtension 2012 National Conference Session #703 Meeting Room 1 The Extension Educator's Role as 21st Century Platform Builders Social media adoption is critical to Cooperative Extension’s future but only to the degree that it helps us cultivate another critical understanding: our role platform architects and builders of the 21st century. More on platforms, community environments, and stacking can be found Here is a link that will take you to an explanation of platforms in a pdf and a video Tags cooperative extension future nexc2012 innovation platforms Created by Learn 0 Comments Please sign in to post a comment Sign in