[com-prac] Re: Hi from Sherrill!
While I've been thinking about communities of practice since I became familiar with the concept and my colleagues have been creating self-reflective-practioner/action-research-based curricula since 1994, we've actually only been bringing the concepts together during the last five weeks. So, we are moving quickly from established concepts of best-practice learning groups in graduate degree programs into a plan to develop our own faculty and staff CoP's.
We have made a distinction between user groups and CoP's that to us is key. We see user groups as sharing and furthering the group's knowledge about tools used in practice. We see CoP's as doing that as well as sharing and enhancing the community's knowledge about itself as a community to develop more effective ways of learning and sharing knowledge while valuing also the process of community-building for the opportunity that it affords to facilitate our collaboration in teaching, research, and service to our internal as well as external extended communities. User groups depend upon shared tools but CoP members use shared tools to depend upon each other.
At National-Louis, with 16 campuses dispersed over seven states as well as Germany and Poland, bringing cross-geographical as well as cross-college CoP's together is a challenge that technology can solve in part. That's why community-building is a guiding principle of our technology planning. We are trying to design the technological network to support the social networks now in place and to expand the possiblities for stronger social learning connections among faculty and staff as well as students. Too often, technology planning ignores social network planning and institutional mission. We want to avoid that as much as possible.
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"john d. smith" <smithj-@...> wrote:
> Is anybody else sick of the advertisements yet?the
> I am. I'm sick enough to offer to chip in $5 to whoever will collect
> money and pay egroups to turn them off. We would only have to find 12money we
> people to get them turned off for a year. If we collected too much
> could save it and buy the first few pitchers of beer at our annual-- ee
> How about it?
> --* John D. Smith |(503) 963-8229 | 2025 SE Elliott Ave., Portland OR
> --* "Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination."
- I agree, Carol Anne. Your suggestion would get rid of advertisements for
those of us who read this list via the Web.
I was suggesting that someone collect $5 from anybody who's willing to chip
in (I would be glad to chip in) in order to eliminate ads from the footer of
the e-mail. It seems like sometimes they are less noticeable and obnoxious
than others. The worst is when someone sends an RTF e-mail because then the
adds blink and spit at you (not literally). I don't mind a footer such as
this one as much:
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--* John D. Smith |(503) 963-8229 | 2025 SE Elliott Ave., Portland OR
--* Politics of Learning | http://www.teleport.com/~smithjd/ |
--* "Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination." -- ee