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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


Core concern or a passion for something they do and interact regularly to learn how to do it better.”

Contributors

Collaborators

Crowd (Lurkers)


Differences with a PLC concern or a passion for something they do and interact regularly to learn how to do it better.”

• Focus on passion vs. data

• Proximity of community members

• Independence vs. shared goals


Connectivism concern or a passion for something they do and interact regularly to learn how to do it better.” (Siemens), and the Relevance of Online Communities


Social Authoring Model concern or a passion for something they do and interact regularly to learn how to do it better.”


What is concern or a passion for something they do and interact regularly to learn how to do it better.” CoPI – Online Learning?


Online learning… concern or a passion for something they do and interact regularly to learn how to do it better.”

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.


CoPI concern or a passion for something they do and interact regularly to learn how to do it better.” – 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


Four Services concern or a passion for something they do and interact regularly to learn how to do it better.”

1. High-quality free online content

2. Professional development for online teaching

3. Infrastructure and technology support

4. Vision and leadership consultation


Crowd (Lurkers) concern or a passion for something they do and interact regularly to learn how to do it better.”

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


Collaborators concern or a passion for something they do and interact regularly to learn how to do it better.”

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


Contributors concern or a passion for something they do and interact regularly to learn how to do it better.”

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


Core/Steering Committee concern or a passion for something they do and interact regularly to learn how to do it better.”

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


Core-Steering Group Responsibilities concern or a passion for something they do and interact regularly to learn how to do it better.”

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


Core-Steering Group Responsibilities concern or a passion for something they do and interact regularly to learn how to do it better.”

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.


CoPI concern or a passion for something they do and interact regularly to learn how to do it better.” Deliverables

• Repository of Content – Equella & Moodle

• Sharing Area for Teachers

• Discussion Board for Ongoing Community Discussion

• Seminars

• MOLLIE courses


Next Steps concern or a passion for something they do and interact regularly to learn how to do it better.”

Recruitment of core, establish procedures

Workflow for sharing content, groupwork

Workflow for rampup involvement

Funding/Repayment

Agora

Spring Seminars

Interfacing with other initiatives