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Communities of Practice and Innovation. An Overview. What are Communities of Practice?. “A community of practice is a group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and interact regularly to learn how to do it better.” . Etienne Wegner. Core . Contributors.

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“A community of practice is a group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and interact regularly to learn how to do it better.”

Etienne Wegner

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Core

Contributors

Collaborators

Crowd (Lurkers)

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Differences with a PLC

• Focus on passion vs. data

• Proximity of community members

• Independence vs. shared goals

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Online learning…

Where teaching and instruction takes place over the internet, that is outside of the walls or the set hours of the traditional classroom.

It is different than digital learning, or “e-learning”, where the internet is used as a resource or a place for learning, but with a face-to-face teacher presence in the traditional classroom.

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CoPI – Online Learning (history)

• ARRA Ed Tech Grant pilot

• 40 Teachers Each - Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts

• Initial Course for Collaboration

• End of funding… Beginning of the Ramp-up

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Four Services

1. High-quality free online content

2. Professional development for online teaching

3. Infrastructure and technology support

4. Vision and leadership consultation

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Crowd (Lurkers)

Characteristics

• General Audience

• Lurkers within the Community

Behaviors

• Reads forums/posts

• Attends PD opportunities

• Experiments with content

Outcomes

• Being exposed to new ideas

• Understanding how the community operates

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Collaborators

Characteristics

• Involved in conversation and community activity

• 30% of total community

• Not a formal commitment (it is a self-selected involvement level)

Behaviors

• Asks questions

• Suggests ideas

• Gives encouragement/ feedback

Outcomes

• Increasing understanding & confidence

• Sharing opinion

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Contributors

Characteristics

• Informal Leaders

• 10% of your total community (ideal)

• Might not have dedicated time

Behaviors

• Develops content or PD and contributes to community

• Facilitates conversation (original posts, elaboration on other comments)

• Participates in community vision planning

Outcomes

• Publishing personal content

• Contributing to the knowledge base

• Testing and refining new ideas

• Giving & receiving feedback

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Core/Steering Committee

Characteristics

• Subject Matter Experts

• 5-7 members, with dedicated time

• Leadership

• Steering Committee

Behaviors• Makes decisions revolving community direction/vision

• Sets up projects

• Evaluates community effectiveness

• Vets contributions

• Facilitates activity

Outcomes

• Developing a vibrant, self-sustaining community

• Making an impact in statewide student achievement

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Core-Steering Group Responsibilities

Oversee Content

• Content Types – Full Online Courses, Full Blended Courses, Credit Recovery Modules, Smaller Units, and Learning Objects/Resources

• Content Sources – Purchased, Open-Source, Statewide Developed, or Community Contributed

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Core-Steering Group Responsibilities

2. Oversee Professional Development

• Formal OLLIE/MOLLIE courses (blended learning), foundational pieces (investigations, conceptual-based teaching), Seminars

• Informal – Webinars, Online Discussions, Sharing Repositories, Meet-ups at conferences, Face-to-face sessions

• Non-formal – Twitter chatter, etc.

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CoPI Deliverables

• Repository of Content – Equella & Moodle

• Sharing Area for Teachers

• Discussion Board for Ongoing Community Discussion

• Seminars

• MOLLIE courses

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Next Steps

Recruitment of core, establish procedures

Workflow for sharing content, groupwork

Workflow for rampup involvement

Funding/Repayment

Agora

Spring Seminars

Interfacing with other initiatives

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