A group of living beings that share a common characteristic, united by a network of social interactions.
I’ve added the slides we generated during the SWOT Analysis to this post for you to reference as you work on your weekly posts. If you think of additional Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats please leave them as a comment below. The original scenario is included as is the wrap up slide that can guide you in your work.
This week we will be our first real deep dive into community. Now that you’ve experienced a little bit of Wenger we need to unpack what you learned there. Let’s talk about your reactions to the chapter you read and discuss some of the big issues embedded in his writing. I am going to ask you to write your own definition of community in teams and post it to the blog.
After that we will take a look at the curious case of The Bloomsburg Daily. We will look at it through the lens of community and disruption.
The second half of class we will be conducting a SWOT Analysis in class around the question of the iPad as an enabler within the context of higher education — teaching, learning, and community engagement.
BTW, we will be done early today!
Out of class
Wenger’s writings on Communities of Practice took me some time to digest. I found the concept to be interesting when applied to the learning environment but I admit that this was a difficult reading for me. I am curious to know how communities can interact with one another? Would that be considered a community with in a larger community or perhaps an ecosystem of coexisting overlapping communities of practice? I am also curious about how to make a community thrive. I recently read an article that claimed that we dedicate too much time to work related meetings (http://www.feld.com/archives/2015/01/didnt-need-take-hour.html)because we “waste” too much time with introductions, chit chat and not getting to the point, but Wenger disproves this and argues that this can be useful part of a working community of practice. I have seen this during my time working at the craft center. The main staff that work there have an extremely diverse background but function coherently. The staff assume different roles depending on their own competence. Their job is to create successful and well managed events for students but like the claims managers discussed in the reading, requires so much more to function as a successful community of practice.