Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Education for a Digital World - Edition 2.0 Webinar Series

This webinar series starts today and the details will be updated as they become available at SCoPE. Patricia Delich, Paul Stacey, and I are first up to talk about our book chapter. I've copied that section here:

book cover

This webinar series is based on the soon-to-be-released book Education for a Digital World - Edition 2.0, edited by Sandy Hirtz and Kevin Kelly. The series is organized in partnership with Steve Hargadon, manager of Learn Central. Book chapter authors are invited to give an overview of their chapter, followed by Q&A from the live audience. These 30-minute sessions will be recorded.

The collaboratively authored book, and its predecessor Education for a Digital World, represent a shift in how educators are sharing their research, experiences and best practices in online teaching and learning. Facilitated completely through virtual interactions, this new model of authoring went beyond writing and editing to become an international effort in community building and professional growth.

This schedule is still evolving so be sure to check back often!

Wednesday, March 31
12:00pm PDT, Elluminate:

Cultivating communities of practice: Analysis of 3 case studies using the 7 principles

Facilitators: Sylvia Currie, Patricia Delich, and Paul Stacey

In this session we will describe 3 case studies using Wenger, McDermott, & Snyder's (2002) 7 Principles for Cultivating Communities of Practice. This framework provides a close look at how our decisions about community design and technologies to support community activities were made and revised, as well as a consistent and rich view to help those involved in online and hybrid communities learn from our experiences.

About our facilitators:

Sylvia Currie is Manager, Client Services - Online Communities at BCcampus where she works with educational professionals who are interested in creating online communities of practice to support learning. She is a community steward and moderator for two online communities: SCoPE, an award winning international online community for individuals interested in educational research and practice, and the BC Educational Technology Users Group. Sylvia also coordinates and promotes professional development opportunities and services related to teaching and learning. Sylvia has been involved in online education since 1995 in many different roles. Her master's degree from Simon Fraser University focused on online communities of practice.

Dr. Patricia Delich has been guiding teachers in the use of online educational technologies for more than 15 years working with hundreds of educators throughout California and the U.S., and around the world. Dr. Delich was instrumental in developing City College of San Francisco’s successful distance education program and obtained recognition for faculty by acquiring 2 national and 11 statewide awards for exemplary online courses. As an eLearning consultant, Dr. Delich extends her expertise to colleges and universities to assist them in their online learning initiatives. Dr. Delich holds a doctorate degree in educational technology from Pepperdine University and focused her study on online course design, development, and teaching.

Paul Stacey is the Director, Communications, Stakeholder and Academic Relations at BCcampus, a collaborative online learning agency that supports British Columbia’s public post-secondary institutions in meeting their students’ learning needs. Paul leads initiatives to forward shareable online learning resources, online communities, and professional development for educators in all of BC’s public post-secondary institutions. Paul has three undergraduate degrees, and at the age of 50 completed a 100 percent online graduate program in Adult Learning and Global Change with a cohort of learners from around the world. He also serves as Associate Faculty member at Royal Roads University where he co-developed and taught an online International and Global Distance Education course for the Master of Arts in Learning and Technology program. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, a webcast and workshop facilitator, and an award winner for his innovative work with educational technology.

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