Does a community of practice need a place?Share tools and stories e.g. housewives who meet over coffee. Elements in design – connectivity, leadership, membership, events, artefacts, projects (p17 in handout).
Bounded learning communities in formal taught courses – goals, identity, collaboration, respectful inclusion, progressive discourse and knowledge building.
Facilitation ideas: liked the one about having a task which passes from one to another \”you are it\” idea.
Used an idea called organic metaphors.
Derek told the group a little about Web 2.0 tools. We discussed things such as: what makes a good blog? Think of an expert in our field who keeps a blog. For example, Derek Wenmouth – models putting yourself into it, weaving stories, keeping it up to date. Blogs can be Vblogs (video) audio blogs.
Podcasting: mentioned ipods and recording, Audacity. Could do 6 minute audio summary of lectures and post to blog. These resources can be a nuturing tool.
Tools serve the community. Think identity not technology.
http://www.netvibes.com can be used for organising tools – use it as a course homepage.
What We 2.0 tools should we use for the community of practice.
CPSquare.com uses a content area (Moodle or Blackboard), blog, wiki, RSS feed, Flickr, Skype.
This was a good chance to pull together some different ideas around communities of practice and it was fun. Learned about Twitter….now off to find out more about it.