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Kolja Schönfeld

Working with online learning communities - 0 views

  • Lurkers are widely known to be among the majority of defined members and they have been found to make up over 90% of most online groups.
  • most important members in view of their potential to contribute to online groups.
  • Clark’s work is well sourced, and within it he develops three guiding principles: online learning communities are grown, not built online learning communities need leaders personal narrative is vital to online learning communities.
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  • Clark identifies that “online learning communities grow best when there is value to being part of them”.
  • Clark contends that “leaders are needed to define the environment, keep it safe, give it purpose, identity and keep it growing”. He gives a set of mantras for teacher/leaders in any online community: all you need is love control the environment, not the group lead by example let lurkers lurk short leading questions get conversations going be personally congratulatory and inquisitive route information in all directions care about the people in the community; this cannot be faked understand consensus and how to build it, and sense when it's been built and just not recognised, and when you have to make a decision despite all the talking.
Paul Beaufait

On Communities & Virtual Learning Communities « - 0 views

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    Recent definition of communities linking to Stephen Downs video about groups and networks: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4126240905912531540
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    Thanks to Joao for pointing this out!
Joao Alves

Facilitating online communities - WikiEducator - 0 views

  • Post to your blog what you hope to get out of this course. Include any concerns or questions you may have.
  • someone to help negotiate meaning and understanding, and to keep everyone engaged and on task.
  • Good facilitation depends on good communication skills.
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  • Good online facilitation depends on good online communication skills.
  • This course
  • is designed to help both formal and informal learners access and interpret models, research and professional dialog in the facilitation of online communities.
  • After completing this course people should be confident in facilitating online and/or be able to critique and offer advice to other people in the facilitation of online communities.
  • Facilitation is a rare and valuable skill to have.
  • In this course we will be looking for online communities in very different places.
  • It is important that we try and develop an understanding of what exactly we are looking for, and techniques for looking.
IN PI

Coding In Paradise: Creating a Personal Research Agenda - 0 views

  • If you do not work on an important problem, it's unlikely you'll do important work.
  • It's not the consequence that makes a problem important, it is that you have a reasonable attack
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    1.About having a research agenda: 1.1."It is a list of questions to focus on, the organizing principle around which you work" 1.2.Benefits from having a personal research agenda: Keeps the track of meaning like following a thread while your thought mules over those questions. 2. Sharing of personal research questions: They turn around the future web - The Editable Web: finding "a web browser that deeply embeds collaboration and editing." 3. The fabulous "Web-utopia": "people, collaboration and usability are first class citizens; ... seamless community as a major component of the browser...unifying editing and community (Tim Berner)...collaborative hypertext... 4."How can we create communication technologies that provide ever greater levels of interpersonal connection...? 5. "How can we create information technologies of focus and minimal distraction...?" ("The law of conservation of attention") 6. On search systems 7. On transforming how we link and talk about information and docs 8. Lightening the handling of events 9. On effectiveness at creating ideas 10. On creating technologies as important as writing
Paul Beaufait

Online Communities of Practice [for ELT] - 0 views

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    This thought-provoking slide show defines communities of practice (CoPs), compares F2F and online CoPs, includes a quotation that seems to misconstrue cooperation as collaboration (slide 12), and provides illustrations of online CoPs in various venues.
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    Thanks to Gladys for sharing this via the learningwithcomputers07 wiki: http://learningwithcomputers07.pbworks.com/Communities-of-Practice
Carla Arena

Folksonomies - Cooperative Classification and Communication Through Shared Metadata - 0 views

  • A user on Flickr, Andrew Lowosky, began posting pictures of doorbells in Florence, along with a brief piece of fiction about the doorbell in the description of the photograph. He dubbed this combination of photograph and short story “flicktion,” and tagged it as such. (Lowosky, 2004.) Some other users have been tagging photographs with “flicktion” and writing short fiction to accompany it
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      Interesting use of tags.
  • the most used tags are more likely to be used by other users since they are more likely to be seen
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      That's our idea, isn't it? Providing more tags that will be useful for individual use and for the group.
  • A folksonomy represents simultaneously some of the best and worst in the organization of information. Its uncontrolled nature is fundamentally chaotic, suffers from problems of imprecision and ambiguity that well developed controlled vocabularies and name authorities effectively ameliorate. Conversely, systems employing free-‍form tagging that are encouraging users to organize information in their own ways are supremely responsive to user needs and vocabularies, and involve the users of information actively in the organizational system. Overall, transforming the creation of explicit metadata for resources from an isolated, professional activity into a shared, communicative activity by users is an important development that should be explored and considered for future systems development.
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      imprecision and ambiguity x free-form tagging - user-generated communicative activity. We should see how our community semantic building evolves.
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    reference from Folksonomies: Tidying up Tags?
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    Thanks, Paul, for bookmarking this site. Interesting reading that points out to what we've been experiencing, the strengths and weakenesses of folksonomies. If we learn about them, we can try to minimize a bit ambiguity problems in tagging, though they will always be there!
Paul Beaufait

The Ning Thing - 5 views

  • it would be folly for educators having suffered inconvenience at best, data loss at worst, to commit their content yet again to a potentially unreliable cloud provider. Alec Couros sees this kind of thing happening more and more in the crystal ball future and suggests that schools and educators would be better off investing in self-hosting using FOSS, free and open source software (Couros, 2010).
  • As suggested above, the only reliable alternative to Ning is to host your community yourself, or at a trusted institution, where you do your own regular backups, and your content is safe behind a firewall, with a UPS power source in case of power outages, and perhaps some sort of RAID system to keep you running through system crashes.
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    Vance Stevens recaps recent Ning corporate decisions influencing virtual educational community developers, and outlines alternatives
David Wetzel

What Does the Online Digital Footprint in Your Classroom Look Like? - 3 views

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    In contrast to the digital footprint you use for your personal learning network, this focus is on the online digital footprint students' use in your science or math classroom. The power of a well designed digital footprint brings the capacity to transform a classroom into an online learning community. Within this community your students use digital tools to create and develop a personal learning network.
Izzaty P.

Moodle.org: open-source community-based tools for learning - 0 views

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    Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites. Moodle.org is our community site where Moodle is made and discussed.
Paul Beaufait

Half an Hour: The Future of Online Learning: Ten Years On - 0 views

  • While we want to provide personalized attention, especially to submitted work, testing and grading, learning is still heavily dependent on the teacher. But because the teacher in turn is responsible for assembling, and often presenting, the materials to be learned, customization and personalization have not been practical. So we have adopted a model where small groups of people form a cohort, thus allowing the teacher to present the same material to more than one person at a time, while offering individualized interaction and assessment.
  • Though networks have always existed, modern communications technologies highlight their existence and given them a new robustness. Networks are distinct from groups in that they preserve individual autonomy and promote diversity of belief, purpose and methodology. In a network, however, people do not act as disassociated individuals, but rather, cooperate in a series of exchanges that can produce, not merely individual goods, but also social goods.
  • In the case of informal learning, however, the structure is much looser. People pursue their own objectives in their own way, while at the same time initiating and sustaining an ongoing dialogue with others pursuing similar objectives. Learning and discussion is not structured, but rather, is determined by the needs and interests of the participants.
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  • it is not clear that an outcomes driven system is what students require; many valuable skills and aptitudes – art appreciation, for example – are not identifiable as an outcome. This becomes evident when we consider how learning is to be measured. In traditional learning, success is achieved not merely by passing the test but in some way being recognized as having achieved expertise. A test-only system is a coarse system of measurement for a complex achievement.
  • The products of our conversations are as concrete as test scores and grades. (Ryan, 2007) But, as the result of a complex and interactive process, they are much more complex, allowing not only for the measurement of learning, but also for the recognition of learning. As it becomes easier to simply see what a student can accomplish, the idea of a coarse-grained proxy, such as grades, will fade to the background.
  • Most educators, and most educational institutions, have not yet embraced the idea of flow and syndication in learning. They will – reluctantly – because it provides the learner with the means to manage and control his or her learning. They can keep unwanted content to a minimum (and this includes unwanted content from an institution). And they can manage many more sources – or content streams – using feed reader technology.RSS and related specifications will be one of the primary ways Personal Learning Environments connect with remote systems. To use a PLE will be essentially to immerse oneself in the flow of communications that constitutes a community of practice in some discipline or domain on the internet.
  • In the end, what will be evaluated is a complex portfolio of a student’s online activities. (Syverson & Slatin, 2006)
  • place independence means that real learning will occur in real environments, with the contributions of the students not being some artifice designed strictly for practice, but an actual contribution to the business or enterprise in question.
  • As it becomes more and more possible to teach oneself online, and even to demonstrate one’s achievement through productive membership in a community of practice, there will be greater demand for a formalized system of recognition, a way for people to demonstrate their competence in an area without having to go through a formal program of study in the area.
  • the major shift in instructional technology will be from systems centered on the educational institution to systems centered on the individual learner.
  • rather than the employment of a single system to accomplish all educational tasks, both instructors and learners will use a variety of different tools in combination with each other.
  • Automation allows us to more easily create and present content, to more easily form groups and collaborate, to more easily give tests and take surveys. This frees instructors to perform tasks that have been traditionally more difficult and time consuming – to relate to students on a personal basis, to offer coaching and moral support, to learn about and analyze a student’s inclinations and understandings.
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    Thanks for all of your inspiration!
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    "an epic, must-read article" according to Brian Lamb (A social layer for DSpace? 2008.11.19 http://weblogs.elearning.ubc.ca/brian/archives/049355.php)
IN PI

Teach and Learn online. | LearnHub - 0 views

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    "A community of communities" for effective teaching and learning
Paul Beaufait

Bridging the Writing Gap | Authorship 2.0 - 0 views

  • Students, in their infinite wisdom, have identified what makes Web 2.0 communication media so powerful: they genuinely put the act of communication back into writing. They offer a platform for students to use writing to develop their ideas and communicate those ideas to real audiences with real purpose.
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    summarizes and reflects upon College Board and Pew Internet collaborative report on Writing, Technology and Teens:http://pewresearch.org/pubs/808/writing-technology-and-teens (2008.04.24)
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    Marielle (Classroom 2.0) aka mapl3 (Authorship 2.0) publicises findings of a telephone survey and discussion with focus groups of U.S. teens about writing online
Paul Beaufait

ESP for Busy College Students: Is the Blend of In-Class, Online & Mobile Learning the Answer? | IALLT - 4 views

  • Neumeier (2005) more broadly defines a hybrid learning environment as “a combination of face-to-face (FtF) and computer assisted learning” used in a single course delivery context (p. 164).
  • hybrid language learning courses are “only going to foster successful language learning if they are carefully designed on the basis of an analysis of the participants’ needs and abilities” (p. 176).
  • Learning English for Special Purposes requires a high degree of interaction with peers, teachers, and content. Effective interaction with content was built into the instructional design, however increased levels of communication with peers and teachers are essential and these can be achieved only through the Internet.
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  • writing practice and communication were conducted mainly through the computer not the mobile devices
  • students were in agreement that the blend of in-class, online and mobile delivery was an optimal solution for internationally trained immigrants learning English in a post-secondary context. They found the combination of 1) speaking taught primarily face-to-face, 2) listening taught on the mobile devices and 3) writing taught mainly online to be an effective approach.
  • the in-class component seemed to maintain the integrity of the hybrid course overall as it fostered a sense of community amongst the learners. As noted by participants, it was the design of the materials and the way in which they were presented, not the technology used, that impacted the effectiveness of the course the most.
  • The traditional classroom meetings though, were found most beneficial in promoting face-to-face interaction, ad-hoc speaking, pronunciation practice and the development of other communication competencies supported by visual cues.
  • the findings indicate that students’ progress was enabled by effective instructional design integrating goals and content relevant to the specific group of learners, together with the appropriate methods and media which enabled and enhanced interaction within the content.
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    Palalas, Agnieszka. (2010). ESP for busy college students: It the blend of in-class, online & mobile learning the answer? IALLT Journal, 41(1). Retrieved November 22, 2011, from http://www.iallt.org/iallt_journal/esp_for_busy_college_students_is_the_blend_of_in_class_online_mobile_learning_the_answ
Hurray Software Academy

IELTS Training|IELTS Coaching|Communication Course|Training in Bangalore-HURRAY Software Academy - 0 views

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    IELTS|Communication course: Get IELTS training in bangalore which includes all the modules of IELTS-listening,reading,writing and speaking. For more details visit: http://hurray.ind.in/ielts.html
Hurray Software Academy

Communication Course|Accent Training|Training in Bangalore-HURRAY Software Academy - 0 views

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    Training in Bangalore|Accent training:Join communication course and learn how to achieve accent neutralization with proper pronunciation in 6 weeks. For more details visit:http://hurray.ind.in/an.html
Hurray Software Academy

Spoken English|Communication Course|Training in Bangalore-HURRAY Software Academy - 0 views

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    Training in Bangalore|Communication course:Join spoken english class and learn etiquette,how to speak english fluently and improve your business english. For more details visit: http://hurray.ind.in/english-course2.html
Barbara Moose

FREE BOOK DOWNLOAD - 12 views

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    It's finally here! Thank you for being a part of my network and community here at The Thinking Stick. To honor you I am releasing my first ever book for free in PDF format. 1. Go to the books website here. 2. Enter the download password: TTS_Reach_0615 3. Enjoy the book! You can also
Paul Beaufait

Innovate: Innovate-Blog: A Step Into Blog 2.0 - 0 views

  • Whereas first-generation blog content is overwhelmingly defined by individuals sharing observations and experiences, pursuing personal objectives via independent platforms, second-generation content is defined by organizational purposes and teams of writers. Web 2.0 is giving birth to a new generation of blogs that is being published by organizations rather than individuals. In this Blog 2.0, the strength of the medium, its architecture, is being used to radically expand the Web as we know it
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    This article reflects where the Learning with Computers group has been for years!
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    This inaugural column on I-Blog by James Shimabukuro distinguishes blog content from architecture, and highlights collective and corporate advances into blogging as a medium for web-based communication, especially those by the staff of Innovate. Shimabukuro, J. 2008. Innovate-Blog: A step into Blog 2.0. Innovate 5 (2). http://www.innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=695 (accessed December 3, 2008)
Walter Antoniotti

Free Business Software - 0 views

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    free software to help with accounting, statistics, communication, information management, mathematics, spreadsheets, suits,
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