Online Learning Communities: If You Build It Will They Come?
St. Helens D
Leading and managing online communities is not about simply collecting friends and followers, its about providing access to anyone interested in learning: pre-service teachers, K20 teachers & administrators, professional development specialists, leaders, parents, and those who aren’t a part of traditional schooling but still have the will and drive to explore learning online.
You are committed to organizing individuals, inspiring them to be the best in the world, challenging them to work more effectively, providing them with the benefits of collective effort and, together, changing the meaning of what it means to be a learner.
This session aspires to move the conversation beyond “building a personal learning network”. It’s more important collecting friends and followers and sharing links. We’ll discuss what we’ve learned ranging from complex communities (gaming guilds) to so-called “flash communities”.
Many will struggle in this changing world. You are interesting in driving the change. Together, we’ll take this time to explore what it means to lead, manage, and participate in online learning communities.
Participants will know strategies for moving themselves towards being leaders rather than participants in online communities.