MicroSCoPE: June 2006 Issue

MicroSCoPE: June 2006 Issue

by Sylvia Currie -
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MicroSCoPE: A Close Look at What's Happening in the SCoPE Community
June, 2006

In This Issue
1. Mark Your Calendars
2. Activity Recap
4. KnowTIPS Conference Archives
5. Tips to Improve Your SCoPE Experience
6. PeriSCoPE
7. About SCoPE
8. About MicroSCoPE

1. Mark Your Calendars
* Seminar: Designing and Sustaining Virtual Communities for Teachers
Facilitator: Therese Laferriere
June 15 - July 7, 2006
The possibilities and realities of creating virtual communities to the service of teacher professional development have been explored for the past twenty years. In the light of expansive learning theory(Engestrom, 1987) this seminar calls on both designers and participants of networked communities to assess how far we have come into designing online communities as serious places for teacher professional development. Join this seminar to share what in your understanding stood out of the best attempts to do so. What are the lessons learned? What are the embedded contradictions? What are the next steps?
...access the seminar directly http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=277

* BCcampus Collaborative Book Project: Taming the Beast
Thu, June 30, 2006 11:00 AM (PDT)
Contributers to the Collaborative Book project are invited to a live, informal, discussion and update session to answer questions, share resources, give feedback and discuss pertinent issues.
...access the Elluminate meeting room directly https://www.elluminate.com/mtg.jnlp?password=943216490

* Podcasting and Education
Sandy Hirtz of BCcampus eLearning Marketplace and Expo community has initiated a collaborative podcasting event bridging several educator communities. This event will combine a Vancouver-based workshop on October 5, 2006 along with several opportunities to participate online in the practical, technical, and educational aspects of podcasting. Keep some time aside in October to learn more about podcasting!

* 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
* Seminar: "Informal Learning"
Facilitators: Sarah Haavind and Nancy White
May 15 - June 4, 2006 (and beyond)
This seminar on informal learning was... very informal! In keeping with the topic we even became challenged by some of the constraints brought on by our own traditions here in SCoPE -- schedules, topics, facilitator roles and style, the label "seminar", and even closure. Who decides when a seminar on informal learning should end? Nobody! So naturally the only thing to do is leave the discussion open, and thanks to Sarah Haavind and Nancy White it will remain loosely facilitated. There are some real gems in there around the campfire, so gather 'round and keep the embers warm!
...access the seminar directly http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=261
...contribute to the collection of resources on Informal Learning http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/mod/wiki/view.php?id=304

* Seminar: "Enhancing and Extending the Classroom through Learning Communities"
Facilitator: Stephanie Chu
During this 17-day seminar the core question was how learning communities enhance and extend (and replace?) the classroom experience for our students. Valuable stories and examples were shared, and of course more questions were posed! We are left with many topics waiting to be explored further relating to purpose, longevity, scope, and design of student learning communities. Sounds like a part 2 seminar is in order! A special thanks is owning to Innovative Educators http://www.innovativeeducators.org for allowing us to share the archives of their webinar series with the SCoPE community.
...seminar archive http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=268

* Lurking in Online Communities
A discussion on lurking is just starting up in the Community Enthusiasts SIG. A special invitation is extended to participants in a roundtable at the Toronto conference for the Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) to continue their discussions online. In preparation for the roundtable, we ask all SCoPE members to drop in to respond to the question: What do you think of when "Lurking" is mentioned?
...access the Community Enthusiast SIG directly http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/course/view.php?id=12

* University/College/Institute Professional Development group (UCIPD)
The UCIPD SIG is a working and thinking space for members of British Columbia's University/College/Institute Professional Development group. UCIPD is a loosely knit community of professionals who are involved in educational development in British Columbia. UCIPD members should contact Liz Wallace to (ewallace@sfu.ca) to gain access.
...UCIPD SIG members may access the SIG directly http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/course/view.php?id=22

* Symposium on Innovative Teaching
This SIG is a place to share resources and continue the dialogue begun at Simon Fraser University's 8th annual Symposium on Innovative Teaching. This year's theme was Dialogue in Teaching and Learning: An Educational Framework for Linking Coursework and Community. Jane Vella of Global Learning Partners gave a very memorable keynote address. Drop in to view this video recorded presentation, and if you attended the symposium be sure to add the notes and resources you collected.
...access the SIG directly http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/course/view.php?id=24

SCoPE Special Interest Groups provide venues for ongoing communication and sharing of resources based on common interests. Would your group like a SIG related to education research and practice? Contact Sylvia Currie (scurrie@sfu.ca).

4. KnowTIPS Conference Presentation Archives
If you missed KnowTIPS this year you'll still be able to get a taste of the conference. The following recorded sessions are now available for viewing at http://knowtips.ca:

Etienne Wenger, Nancy White & John Smith - Technologies for Communities
Sarah Haavind and Marsha West - Facilitation Strategies for Focusing and Deepening Online Learning
Leigh Blackall - Open Networked Learning
Terry Anderson - Social Software: Going Beyond LMS Systems for e-Learning
Nancy White - Snow White and the Seven Competencies of Online Interaction
Elderbob Brannon - Office on a Keyring
Angelo Lewis - Game of Games: A Tool for Transformation
Janet Salmons - Collaborative E-Learning: Feedback and Assessment
Bruno Vernier - Tools to Combat "Learning Overwhelm"
Rod Corbett - Over 200 Free Games and Simulations

Randy LaBonte (rlabonte@odysseylearn.com) and the Odyssey/Elluminate team are generously hosting these archived presentations.

5. Tips to Improve Your SCoPE Experience
SCoPE is organized into spaces according to activity type: scheduled seminars, ongoing conversations, and special interest groups. You can see the full list of activities on the SCoPE main page before logging in, or check for the "list all activities" links on the sidebars or at the bottom of your "my activities" list. When you enter an activity you may wish to zone in on the most recent member contributions. Each space has a "Recent Activity" block. Click "Full report of recent activity" to view items posted in the past day, 7 days, 14 days, and so on.

If you have questions and suggestions about participating in SCoPE, drop into the Conversations area http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/course/view.php?id=9

6. PeriSCoPE
SCoPE members are busy elsewhere:

* Sandy Hirtz, Dan O'Reilly, Shawn Berney and Frances Long, were among the team of moderators involved the CADE-2006 webcast on "Creating Robust Online Learning Communities Through Web Conferencing" The presentation archive is available through the BCcampus eLearning Marketplace and Expo Community https://www.elluminate.com/pmtg.jnlp?psid=d1707627287.436080

* Stephanie Chu, Quentin Beck, and Andrea Sator were members of the team awarded the 2006 National Technology Innovation Award in the college/university category for their course "Bridging Online and Co-op Learning Community"

* Jay Cross, an active participant in SCoPE's informal learning seminar, continues to spread the word in this session hosted by Adobe: An Unworkshop on Informal Learning" Friday, June 16, 2006 11 am PDT

* Elizabeth Wallace is presenting SCoPE and participating in a roundtable on the topic of lurking in online communities at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education conference June 14 - 17. The theme of this year's conference is Knowledge and its Communities.

7. About SCoPE
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

8. About MicroSCoPE
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MicroSCoPE is prepared by Sylvia Currie, Community Coordinator (scurrie@sfu.ca).

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