Category Archives: Communities of Practice
YouTube, podcasting, Facebook, Google Docs, data mashups, collaboration webs, grassroots video. . .the implication for learning, teaching and creative expressions can be found in the 2008 Horizons Report. Many thanks to Angelo Agujo, Philippine E-learning Society’s Board Member, for leading us to this highly exciting, informative report.
My intuition served me right. I visited iblogph.org on a whim (and why didn’t i put it in my blogroll?). I was pleased to see that plans are now being drawn up for iBlog 3.0 , scheduled this April 2007.
As before, the energetic Ms. Janet Toral is at the forefront of the preparations. iBlog 3.0 will be a two-day affair held over a weekend. The one-day forum last year was way too short, with such a rich opportunity for discussion and idea exchange. So Pinoy bloggers, speak up! What topics would you like to take up during the summit?
Etienne Wenger launches a rich, valuable online resource wiki on Communities of Practice at http://cofpractice-biblio.wikispaces.com/ . Here’s an organic list of what you can find at the link:
General resources for the whole field
- Classics and foundational materials
- Learning and learning theory
- Leadership and community cultivation
- Measurement and outcomes assessment
- Narrative techniques
- Organizational context and sponsorship
- Related fields and literatures
- Unclassified (please use only as a last resort)
- Bibliographies and directories
Specific organizational or cultural settings
- Civic Practices & Settings
- Development (economic, social, and otherwise)
- Open Source Software
Came across the draft article of introduction to the book, Communities in Cyberspace by Peter Kollock and Marc Smith of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). It gives a good overview of the implications of online interactions in building virtual communities in light of four key concepts: (1) identity, (2) social order and control, (3) community structure and dynamics, and (4) collective action. This final article appeared in the book "Communities in Cyberspace" (1999, London:Routledge).
I must admit I am quite taken by Notes from the Peanuts Gallery of Palanca Award winner and businessman, Dean Alfar. Just by examining his blog, I learned a couple of things about blogging, including breaking some rules in the service of better readability, stickiness, conversation generation or pure reading pleasure.
- Write long articles on the blog, put a generous amount of graphics. Examining Dean's blog, you can savour the beauty of the well-written word. Showcase other bloggers' writings, or include a good sprinkling of linked jpegs and commentaries to books and magazines, as Dean did in his Paper Trail sidebar. Peanuts Gallery is full of great food for sight and soul.
- Come close to real, authentic conversation with longer posts. I frankly get thrown off by 2-3 sentence posts. Since the asynchronous communication is devoid of the usual face-to-face human cues, a short sentence or two seems curt, impersonal. In Dean's reply to Banzai Cat's ambivalence about joining this year's Palanca Awards competition, Dean sounded like he really listened to, thought of–and respected–Banzai's reservations.
- Blog about something you are passionate about. Dean showcases his passion for writing, his interests, his roles as father, husband, playwright, businessman. Lesson? Write about your projects, your observations. But don't be afraid to write for money either. I'm talking about problogging. I think problogging is a great way to combine both what you love to do or write about, while making some good cash on the side. For as long as your love for writing will outstrip your love for making money–out of problogging, that is.
- When you've done (3), create a community of interest by networking and inviting conversation.With the content, create ways to lead visitors into conversation and build community. Do this online, but do this offline too. Including a chat box widget is a great way to engage surfers to post. Ask questions in your posts. Comment on other writers' works, and let them know you did! Don't forget to use the author's first name, not only his blog name. When you do get a comment, reply as promptly as you can. Timely replies to another's comments will build the online relationship. If you and the reader are part of a common association or group, do get together during your group's event and continue the discussions offline. Suggest group activities, projects (online and face-to-face). Elearningpost's Maish wrote an article that online communities can't exist without an offline one (I hope I didn't take him out of context here). So all talk and no action create dull communities, and most likely dull blogs. What do you think?
Trivia for 2nd iBlog Conference in April 2006: Who’s the Official (or Unofficial) Face of Pinoy Blogging?
I'd like to invite feedback and comment from our most active, engaging Pinoy bloggers to post here:
Who do you think is the undisputed, official 'face' of Pinoy blogging?
Why do you think he/she is THE globally respected Pinoy blog author?
My acid standards:
- Should be a Pinoy national who has blogged regularly (at least weekly) for minimum of one year
- May be living anywhere around the globe
- Has amassed a community of interest around his/her blogs, in general (we welcome your opinion on definitions of what 'community' is in the blogosphere)
- Has been most cited/referenced/quoted in blogs globally for his specific subject/domain knowledge (so that's on top of getting a good community of readers around his virtual soapbox).
- Has very innovative ways of reaching his readers–name your favourite ways of how his news reaches your inbox, your news reader, your top-of-mind consciousness?
- Has been a true blue afficionado of blogging–he/she practically makes it his source of living, or his way of virtual life.:)
Hope to share the results during the 2nd iBlog conference. It's a nice way to start the face-to-face conversation when I'm there.