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MicroSCoPE: April 2006 Issue

 
 
 
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MicroSCoPE: April 2006 Issue
by Sylvia Currie - Monday, 24 April 2006, 6:37 PM
 
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MicroSCoPE: A Close Look at What's Happening in the SCoPE Community
April, 2006
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In This Issue
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1. Mark Your Calendars
2. Activity Recap
3. Collaborative Book Chapter Contributers Needed!
4. Tips to Improve Your SCoPE Experience
5. PeriSCoPE
6. About SCoPE
7. About MicroSCoPE

1. Mark Your Calendars
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* Seminar: "Enhancing and Extending the Classroom through Learning Communities"
Facilitator: Stephanie Chu
April 24 - May 10, 2006
In our current online seminar discussion we will be exploring ways that learning communities enhance and extend (and replace?) the classroom experience for our students. Fostering student learning communities sounds like something we should be doing, want to be doing, and in some cases, have been doing. But what does a learning community really look like in practice? How can the shape of a learning community fit into our current system of semesters, courses, and password-protected areas?

This seminar discussion builds on a 2-part Innovative Educators webinar series offered to Simon Fraser University faculty and staff. We have been granted permission to share these archives with the SCoPE community.
...more <http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=268>

* Seminar: "Informal Learning" (working title)
Facilitator: Sarah Haavind
May 15 - June 4, 2006
Be sure to set time aside for our upcoming seminar discussion on informal learning. Here at SCoPE we've experienced the value of the with people. But we all know that the benefits go far beyond the convenience factor. Begin thinking about the strategies you use beyond formal courses to stay or become current in your field or areas of interest, and how we can we design our community experiences to better support informal learning. Then hold those thoughts for this seminar!

* CPSquare Foundations of Communities of Practice
This 7-week workshop taught by Etienne Wenger, John Smith, and Bronwyn Stuckey begins May 15
more...<http://www.cpsquare.org/edu/foundations/index.htm>

* Check the SCoPE calendar for a full list of events that will be of interest to members.
...more <http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/calendar/view.php?view=upcoming>

2. Activity Recap
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* Seminar "Talking the Walk: Narratives of Online Learner Collaboration"
Facilitator: Paul Beaufait
This 12-day seminar gave us enough time to share personal stories, reflections, and insights, and also to realize that we will definitely need a "part 2" to explore this topic more fully! We thoroughly appreciated Paul's creative facilitation style and ability to weave and advance our thoughts on online learner collaboration. In the spirit of collaborative dialogue we saw ideas from the SCoPE discussion being shared in the KnowTIPS conference discussions and visa versa. And of course our dialogue will extend further -- we're looking forward to reading Paul's section on online learner collaboration in the Collaborative Book Project.

Resources were gathered into the Online Learner Collaboration Annotated Bibliography. You're encouraged to continue to update it:
...more <http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/mod/wiki/view.php?id=251>
...seminar archive <http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=246>

* KnowTIPS 2006 Online Conference
We're left with some fond memories of the KnowTIPS conference which was a flurry of activity for 5 days in March/April, combining synchronous sessions with an opportunity for exchange and follow-up with the presenters. It certainly lived up to its promise as being a practical conference; we were all in there with our sleeves rolled up as far as they would go! SCoPE was an organizing partner for the KnowTIPS conference this year, which is a pretty easy role when working with such incredible people! We owe a huge thanks to the presenters who so generously devoted their time and expertise, to the high school students from Fraser Valley Distance Education School in British Columbia who, mentored by their very special teacher, Michael Haworth, welcomed participants and introduced presenters for the synchronous sessions, and to SCoPE member Virginia Rego, Education Officer from Open School BC, for her energy, enthusiasm, and truly collaborative approach to working with the KnowTIPS conference planning group.
...Watch for more follow-up about KnowTIPS at Knowplace <http://knowplace.ca>

3. Collaborative Book Contributers Needed!
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The collaborative book outline has undergone revisions, and we are now seeking a "Mayor" to oversee the development of a chapter tentatively called "Techno Expression". The focus of this chapter is on different modes of expressing oneself online, such as podcasts, vodcasts, blogs, and wikis. If you're interested in becoming involved, contact Sandy Hirtz of BCcampus Communities, <shirtz@t2online.ca>.

In addition, Don McIntosh, Mayor for the chapter on Learning Management Systems is interested in hearing about your experiences with learning management systems. Don has initiated a discussion in the BC eLearning Marketplace and Expo <http://community.bccampus.ca/expo?go=1194867>, or contact him directly <don.mcintosh@trimeritus.com>.

4. Tips to Improve Your SCoPE Experience
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There are many ways to manage your participation in SCoPE seminars and ongoing discussions. One method is to turn on a feature which will highlight your unread messages. That way you can easily zone in on the messages that have been posted since the last time you logged in and read contributions to a discussion. Here's how:
-Go to your profile by clicking on your name or image anywhere in SCoPE
-Click the "edit profile" tab
-Scroll to "Forum Tracking"
-Select "Yes: highlight new posts for me" from the pull-down menu
-Scroll down to click the "Update profile" button

5. PeriSCoPE
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SCoPE members are busy elsewhere:

* Elizabeth Wallace and Sylvia Currie will be presenting at the University of British Columbia Okanagan conference: Learning Free of Boundaries May 4th. Their topic is "Removing the Boundaries to Knowledges Exchange in an Online Community"
...more <http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/ctl/conference.html>

* Frank Fucile will be co-facilitating "Listening Through the Hype" an interactive discussion on the use of podcasts in an educational setting. This session will take place in the BCcampus eLearning Marketplace and Expo community May 1st at 1:30 pm (PDT).
...access the session <https://www.elluminate.com/mtg.jnlp?password=1472898465>

* Shawn Berney will facilitate a session on "Building Blocks for the Digital World" in the BCcampus eLearning Marketplace and Expo community May 10th at 10:00 am (PDT).
...access the session <https://www.elluminate.com/mtg.jnlp?password=169077090>

6. About SCoPE
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SCoPE, supported by the Learning and Instructional Development Centre at Simon Fraser University, brings together individuals who share an interest in education research and practice, and offers opportunities for dialogue across disciplines, geographical borders, professions, levels of expertise, and education sectors. We organize seminars, events, and ways for practitioners to connect. Membership is free and open to everyone.

Self-register at <http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca>

7. About MicroSCoPE
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<http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/mod/forum/view.php?f=5>.

MicroSCoPE is prepared by Sylvia Currie, Community Coordinator <scurrie@sfu.ca>.

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