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  1. An online community of practice Reflective Learning Lynne Gibb Coonara Community House

  2. What does Community of practice mean to you?

  3. Wenger’s Description Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.


  5. What does this picture say to you?

  6. “The dove is a carrier bird, carrying good news and goodwill”

  7. “The dove is a bird of peace and therefore when we reflect in our COP it is a safe area. When we are speaking in it people can speak openly and freely without fear of judgement and criticism”.

  8. “The bird is flying and I can fly too – I can be carried on the back of everybody in the group!”

  9. The Project • Could we effectively deliver a unit from the Community Services training package via an online community of practice? • Along the way, explore the concept of technology stewarding along the lines proposed by Wenger, White & Smith in “Digital habitats: stewarding technology for communities”

  10. The students • Seven Diploma of children’s services students • Beginning the course – first unit • Technology skills audit indicated – 2 advanced ,4 moderate , 1 basic computer skills (home support) • All had computer access and broadband at home • All students currently employed in the early childhood/child care industry either P/T or F/T

  11. What did we plan to happen?

  12. What actually happened? • Students became overwhelmed with the amount of new technology to learn in a short space of time and right at the beginning of the course

  13. What did we do? Phew!!! Happy me!!

  14. How did we do it? Reflecting publicly, sharing information/networking, Asynchronous discussion input from industry experts Resources for whole course Input from & dialogue with industry experts Reflecting privately

  15. General Class Wiki Introductory 2 X 3hr sessions F2F

  16. Individual reflective wikis

  17. CoP Wiki

  18. Elluminate Support Sessions 1 x 3hr intro session F2F followed by 5 x 1 hour sessions in Elluminate

  19. What worked well in the learning? The Reflective Practice unit suited the C of P model Having another facilitator in some elluminate sessions Student access to Industry experts (IE) IEs appreciatedhaving direct input into student learning Students enjoyed learning in elluminate Reflecting in personal wikis

  20. Lessons learned • Give students more time to learn the technology • Plan to use less technology – concentrate on the c of P • Some students were initially confused about what to do in which wiki

  21. Technology Stewarding? Tech Steward (TS) role important Tech steward can concentrate on technology and support student /trainer technology needs Assist in online classroom, designing spaces etc Facilitator can concentrate on facilitating & supporting student learning

  22. Lessons learned

  23. Possibilities • Keep the C of P open with input from industry experts for the rest of the course • Expand the C of P to include Diploma of Children’s services students in other ACE organisations in the Outer east • Expand the network to include Dip Children’s Services students in ACE organisations statewide • Open the C of P to more industry experts from a variety of early childhood industries.

  24. Alternatives to Ning • • • •