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Thinking about unmeetings

Stefanie Butland has been writing about unconferences. In November, she shared six tips for running a successful unconference. An 'unconference' has no schedule set before the event. Participants discuss project ideas online in advance and projects are selected by participant-voting at the start. Stefanie's six tips are: Have a code of conduct. Host online discussion of project ideas before the unconference. Have a pre-unconference video-chat with first-time participants Run an effective ice breaker Have a plan to capture content Care about other people's success Stefanie notes that Aidan Budd and his colleagues (2015) have a list of ten rules for organising an unconference. In...

Forums and Agency

I have had a number of conversations in the last month about how online communities share ideas and practices. My thoughts about sharing responsibility in online communities were forged in my experiences of the open, online course CCK08 and extended by the publication of Digital Habitats (2009). In Digital Habitats, Etienne Wenger, Nancy White and John Smith discuss technology stewardship and propose this definition: Technology stewards are people with enough experience of the workings of a community to understand its technology needs and enough experience with or interest in technology to take leadership in addressing those needs. Stewarding typically includes selecting and...

Blogging, Sharing, Sociabilty

I have been blogging with WordPress since 3 June 2008. Since that time I have written 350 posts on topics linked to learning, teaching and performing. Many of these topics are stimulated by links shared by Stephen Downes through OLDaily and were given impetus by a remarkable group of participants in CCK08. A few days ago (10 March) Stephen posted about blogging and followed up the next day with a link to the self-organising social mind. I was mulling over both these posts when Kent Anderson posted about Kevin Kelly. All three posts arrived at a time when I was completing an open...

Edging to Open Learning in Open Spaces

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Ballarat to discuss Edgeless Challenges and Opportunities. I have been thinking a great deal about learning spaces and the function (rather than the form) of the university of late. In part these thoughts have been stimulated by the University of Canberra's development of teaching and learning commons. This week I have been overwhelmed by the number of connections I am finding in relation to open learning and sharing. Some of these connections include: George Siemens' post (10 December) about Connections, Clouds, Things & Analytics in which he observes that: many universities have an educational...

Association, Aggregation and Acknowledgement

Introduction In the last year I have been exploring how a connectivist approach to sharing information might support the flourishing of digital communities of practice in sport. In this post I: Signal the development of an International Content Partnership in high performance sport. Note discussions about the role an International Association for Sports Information (IASI) can play in a connected world. I hope that both these items will help me explore association, aggregation and acknowledgement as important attributes of adopting a connectivist approach to learning. (I like Etienne Wenger, Nancy White and John Smith's (2009) approach to learning in this context: "We see...

Personal Learning

Source I have had a wonderful opportunity to explore personal learning in my new role at the University of Canberra. There are so many colleagues at the University keen to discuss and explore learning and there is a vast array of forums in which to engage. Last week I attended a Gaggle ("an orderly and cheerful group of professional educational advisors") which led me to think again about personal learning (the topic for the gaggle was wiki development in vocational education). The meeting coincided with my reading of Steve Wheeler's Dead Personal post. Steve distinguishes between the personal web ("a...