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Nigel Coutts

Professional Learning Communities for School Transformation - The Learner's Way - 1 views

    The role of the teacher is slowly but surely changing and with this come new challenges. Change becomes inevitable and processes for managing this and capitalising on the opportunities it brings becomes paramount within organisations. It is perhaps not surprising that educational institutions may evolve to become what are termed 'Learning Organisations' or 'Professional Learning Communities' within which there is a focus on the application of the principles of learning to manage change and explore new opportunities. 
Tricia Rohloff

Online Professional Learning Communities | - 4 views

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      Great visual
    Learn about PLC's - what are they, research into them, and how to create your own
Debi Griggs

Five Reasons Getting Students to Talk is Worth the Effort | Faculty Focus - 2 views

  • When you try to explain something to somebody else, you end up understanding it better yourself.
  • It’s safer to ask questions of a peer
  • practice using the language of the discipline
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  • master the language
    Discussing content as a learning tool.
Debi Griggs

Google Custom Search - Learning Communities Search Engine - 0 views

    Custom search engine to find information about learning communities in Education in select US Schools and in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.
Dennis OConnor

Communities of practice - 2 views

    Wegner's insights provide a solid foundation for understanding a community of practice. Our 'brief community' lasts a semester. Longer more enduring communities, centered on a common interest last much longer. A must read for those interested in underlying theories that support an online constructvist environment.
theresa savich

Interactive Whiteboards - 8 views

    Interactive Whiteboards provides links to websites that help support teaching and learning with Interactive Whiteboards/Smartboards.
Jodie Banyas

Why Wikis? Student Perceptions of Using Wikis in Online Coursework - 4 views

    This article is from the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching and discusses the uses and limits of Wikis.
Tracy Lysne

Society for Organizational Learning - 0 views

    Article on the Ladder of Inference based on the work of Peter Senge
Kevin Schuchmann

Iowa Schools Online Communities - Online Communities for Iowa educators - 3 views

    Great source for eSchool News and other contacts. You have to sign up but its free.
Sherry Schwarcz

Building community in an online learning environment: communication, cooperation and co... - 5 views

      • Clearly define the purpose of the group
      • Create a distinctive gathering place for the group
      • Promote effective leadership from within.
      • Define norms and a clear code of conduct.
      • Allow for a range of member roles.
      • Allow for and facilitate subgroups.
      • Allow members to resolve their own disputes (p. 24)
  • Students will be encouraged to share, in the online café, information about their non-academic lives, for example, offering mutual support in term of how they are keeping up with their job and school schedule.
  • Instructor and/or mentor will model ways to produce lively, constructive discussion: questions should be open-ended, but focused on students’ interpretation of the text.
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  • stresses the importance of interacting in a respectful way
  • The task of the authors of this paper was to structure the course design so learners have mechanisms to connect with each other and form community.
  • that social interaction is vital to cognitive development; all higher-order functions originate as the relationships among individuals.
  • Obviously, members will be encouraged to bring other experiences and knowledge to bear on their coursework, but at the end of the day, the learning in question will be much more restricted than an informal learning community.
  • Without active participation in discussions and other class activities, the learner is not part of the community; indeed, the learner does not even “exist.”
  • you must make a concerted effort to communicate with others in order to exist.
  • A stronger community bond will be formed when a particular cohort goes through a number of courses together, moving toward their finishing the program and earning a degree.
    • Sherry Schwarcz
      This will be part of the "ground rule" put yourself in the post when appropriate
  • ilding community in an online learning environment: communication, cooperation and collaboration
    This paper identifies characteristics of a virtual community and offers strategies for creating a community.
Renee Williams

Online Communities: Establishing a Community's Culture - Online Community Report - 2 views

  • What are the three most important factors in establishing and maintaining a community's culture?"
Dr. Jill Klefstad

Jean Lave, Etienne Wenger and communities of practice - 0 views

  • However, members are brought together by joining in common activities and by 'what they have learned through their mutual engagement in these activities' (Wenger 1998).
    • Dr. Jill Klefstad
      Purpose of the community of practice
    The idea that learning involves a deepening process of participation in a community of practice has gained significant ground in recent years. Communities of practice have also become an important focus within organizational development and have considerable value when thinking about working with groups. The article outlines the theory and practice of such communities, and examine some of issues and questions for ieducators and those concerned with lifelong learning.
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