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Communities of practice

Communities of practice
The term “community of practice” is of relatively recent coinage, even though the phenomenon it refers to is age-old. The concept has turned out to provide a useful perspective on knowing and learning. A growing number of people and organizations in various sectors are now focusing on communities of practice as a key to improving their performance.This brief and general introduction examines what communities of practice are and why researchers and practitioners in so many different contexts find them useful as an approach to knowing and learning. What are communities of practice? Note that this definition allows for, but does not assume, intentionality: learning can be the reason the community comes together or an incidental outcome of member’s interactions. Not everything called a community is a community of practice. The domain: A community of practice is not merely a club of friends or a network of connections between people. What do communities of practice look like? Organizations.

Growth in Flipped Learning Infographic Blended Learning Infograpics Flipped learning is a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter. The Growth in Flipped Learning Infographic presents some interesting facts and stats that show how flipped instruction has expanded during the past two years. Via: Embed This Education Infographic on your Site or Blog!

Are We in an An Age of Collective Learning? | Rotana Ty This is a guest post by Rotana Ty from Paris, France, who curates on the subject of “exploring learning” on Permamarks. Are We in an Age of Collective Learning? Recently, after reading a great post from Gianpiero Petriglieri offering a different view on MOOCs, here is what I tweeted: Education is not just about skills, concepts, knowledge as commodity. So, if education is also about relationships and citizenship, how do we harness new learning curves? How do we go with learning flows? Learning flows are already everywhere. We are moving away from the model in which learning is organized around stable, usually hierarchical institutions (schools, colleges, universities) that, for better and worse, have served as the main gateways to education and social mobility. If you want to go deeper you might be interested in diving into the research of the Institute For The Future: “From Educational Institutions to Learning Flow. [photo courtesy of Trisha Brink Design] Collective Sense-Making

Social Network Analysis Social network analysis [SNA] is the mapping and measuring of relationships and flows between people, groups, organizations, computers, URLs, and other connected information/knowledge entities. The nodes in the network are the people and groups while the links show relationships or flows between the nodes. SNA provides both a visual and a mathematical analysis of human relationships. Management consultants use this methodology with their business clients and call it Organizational Network Analysis [ONA]. ONA allows you to x-ray your organization and reveal the managerial nervous system that connects everything. To understand networks and their participants, we evaluate the location and grouping of actors in the network. We look at a social network -- the "Kite Network" above -- developed by David Krackhardt, a leading researcher in social networks. Degree Centrality Betweenness Centrality Closeness Centrality Network Centralization Network Reach Not all network paths are created equal.

Air Force aims to solve knowledge management problems with Web 2.0 The Air Force hopes a soon-to-be-launched Gov 2.0 project will spur collaboration, improve knowledge management, and enhance education and training within the service, said an Air Force official Nov. 16 at KMWorld, a knowledge management conference in Washington, D.C. As Lt. Col. Mike Hower, research director of Air Force Forums at Alabama's Maxwell Air Force Base, sees it, the service faces two challenges which social learning may be able to solve. The first problem is the lack of officer education, said Hower. Sign up for our FREE newsletter for more news like this sent to your inbox! The second problem is that Air Force changes officers' duties about every two years. With a nod to the Army's MilSpace, Hower is creating a program to address these problems. On July 1, the current Air Force Forums project will likely end and shortly afterward will merge with a new program, drawing from Air Force University's research on requirements and training.

Communities of Practice – A Framework for Learning and Improvement | Conversations In CME with Floyd Pennington - CometBird February 4, 2011 at 2:19 am One of the sessions at the 2011 annual meeting of Alliance for Continuing Medical Education that I was supposed to participate in was to report on the work of a “Community of Practice”. The session was canceled because an attempt to get a community established failed to materialize. So what are these things called Communities of Practice (COP)? COP’s are usually comprised of a group of individuals who find they have a common area of interest or a common concern. Think of all of the things happening in CME that might benefit from COP’s forming to explore issues, develop deeper levels of understanding, produce resources for all of us to use. COP’s are engaging, intellectually stimulating, and fun. Integrating Education and Quality Improvement – The New Normal Like this: Like Loading... Entry filed under: CME, CME Issues, CME People, Improvement, Physician Continuing Education, PI CME.

¿Por qué es tan importante la #colaboración? ¿Qué es y cómo funciona? Allá por 2008 escribíamos en ergonomic sobre una charla que Andrew Keen daba en el Oxford Internet Institute. En esos días, Keen ironizaba lo que entonces llamaba: “… las tres “C” que promueve el evangelio de Silicon Valley: colaboración, comunidad y conversación…”. Desde entonces hasta ahora muchos bits han pasado bajo nuestros teclados. Sin embargo, aunque mucho ha ocurrido entre el ’08 y ’13 aún queda bastante por explorar y precisar en cuanto a qué entendemos por colaboración, comunidad y conversación. En conversación con un alumni de Outliers School surgió la idea de pensar en un simple pero inclusivo diagrama cartesiano que interrelacionara las dimensiones de aprendizaje individual, colectivo, formal e informal. Un claro ejemplo de su importancia se observa en la prueba escolar parametrizada de la OCDE (conocida como PISA) que a partir del 2015 comenzará a evaluar: “Collaborative problem solving (computer based)“. 1. 2. 3. 4. [Referencias abajo] * W. ****Himanen, P. (2010).

A non-linear model of information seeking behaviour Allen Foster Department of Information Studies University of Wales Aberystwyth, Wales, U.K. Abstract Introduction.The results of a study of information seeking behaviour of inter-disciplinary academic and postgraduate researchers are reported. Method. The study applied the naturalistic methods recommended by Lincoln and Guba for maximising credibility, transferability, dependability, and confirmability in data collection and analysis. Background Information behaviour has been the subject of many studies in the last thirty years. This paper presents a study that began with the aim of further extending our understanding of the context of inter-disciplinary information seeking (Foster 2003), and in doing so looked to consolidate and improve on our interpretation of information seeking behaviour. Research questions Three research questions were addressed: (1) What are the activities, strategies, contexts, and behaviour used and perceived to be used by inter-disciplinary information seekers?

everything elearning: managing: KM Knowledge Management Overview Knowledge management, elearning, and performance support are key components of successful organizations in an information economy. Over the last year, the term knowledge management has become increasingly popular...but, like many concepts, corporations are in danger of embracing it without seeing how it links to other corporate strategies. Resources Grassroots KM through Blogging An excellent article detailing the role of story telling in sharing knowledge with others. Knowledge Management - Internet Time Group "Knowledge management is a high-fallutin' buzz phrase for creating and sharing know-how. Some Principles of Knowledge Management "Many companies are beginning to feel that the knowledge of their employees is their most valuable asset. KM in Education " ISKME is a educational think tank committed to helping schools and colleges identify, distill, and harness information for institutional and student success." Tool Box Good resource list of KM tools.