I am doing my dissertation on Webheads, too! Mine has a different methodology and a focus though; I'm doing an online ethnography, and because of that, after data collection, now I have to 'distance' myself from the community unfortunately until I'm done writing up my findings. I will also share a copy of it with Webheads when I am done.
I do have a copy of Johnson's full dissertation. I had retrieved it from UMI dissertations database. I just uploaded a pdf copy of it for all of you under files in this Yahoo group. Please let me know if somehow it is not accessible from there, I can send it to individual emails, or upload it somewhere else. Under UMI database, it is a free access so no copyright issues!
Happy Friday to you all!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Vance Stevens <vancestev@...> wrote:
> Hi Dan,
> Thanks for offering to lead a discussion on Aug 26. I'll be away between
> now and then, but there is a Moodlemoot conference on Aug 19 that I would
> have put in a proposal for if I were not out traveling, and your discussion
> on Aug 26, which I will be back for
> If anyone wants to hold a discussion on a Sunday in early August, to help
> perpetuate the spirit and the passion, then the Elluminate Room is
> available, but remember, it has a new URL
> http://learningtimesevents.org/webheads/ . Scroll down to Session
> Moderator's Login if you want to use the controls.
> If you'd like to contribute to the conversation in September, Oct, Nov,
> etc, most of our Sundays are awaiting session moderators, and I'll go
> proactive on that at some point.
> Webheads became enamored of the CoP concept in our first year of formation
> (January 2002) and at the TESOL conference in 2003 Webheads colloquium
> proposal, event number #4101, titled "Case study of a community of
> practice", is documented here:
> Presenters were Vance Stevens, Dafne Y. Gonzalez Chavez, Teresa Almeida
> d'Eça, Chris Jones, Arlyn Freed, Aiden Yeh, Michael Coghlan, and Buthaina
> Al Othman. As only half these were physically present at the conference we
> purchased a phone line from the Convention Center and brought the other
> four to the conference remotely using Wimba for voice presentations and
> Yahoo for web cam broadcasts.
> There were a couple of PhDs on the topic around this time, most notably
> Chris Johnson's, which is not available anywhere online to my knowledge.
> Can anyone dispute that?
> In any event, I did write a paper on the topic
> Stevens, Vance. (2009). Modeling Social Media in Groups, Communities, and
> Networks. TESL-EJ, Volume 13, Number 3:
> It's always a rich topic of discussion, and I like to carry that through to
> the notion of networks and connectivism, as mentioned in the article.
> On Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 7:53 PM, Daniel Bassill
> > **
> > Vance and Webheads,
> > I came across this paper talking about Communities of Practice and and how
> > these stimulate innovation. Within the paper is a discussion of the type of
> > facilitation skills it takes for virtual communities of practice to grow.
> > https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bz8cVS8LoO7OYlM2S2ZmdWM4NEE/edit?pli=1
> > I think Vance and others have acted as "boundary spanners" and Webheads is
> > an tremendous example of a Community of Practice.
> > Have any of you tried to create a white paper or something similar that
> > describes Webheads in the context of this paper? Might be a good discussion
> > on a future Sunday morning.
> > Dan Bassill
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> Vance Stevens
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