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MicroSCoPE: August, 2009 Issue

 
 
 
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MicroSCoPE: August, 2009 Issue
by Sylvia Currie - Monday, 10 August 2009, 12:19 PM
 
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MicroSCoPE: A Close Look at What's Happening in the SCoPE Community
August, 2009
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In This Issue
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1. SCoPE Seminar: Collaborative Projects on WikiEducator
2. Mark Your Calendars
3. Activity Recap
4. Virtual Field Trips
5. PeriSCoPE
6. About SCoPE
7. About MicroSCoPE

1. SCoPE Seminar: Collaborative Projects on WikiEducator
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August 10-28, 2009
Facilitators: Nellie Deutsch and Gladys Gahona
Gladys Gahona and Nellie Deutsch have been collaborating online at WikiEducator, an international community dedicated to the design, development, and delivery of free content for learning. In this seminar they will introduce us to the many opportunities available to educators to learn from others, to collaborate on curriculum projects, and to explore new technologies that will improve educational access and quality.

There are several scheduled events and peripheral activities during these three weeks. TODAY Randy Fisher will be taking us on a virtual field trip of WikiEducator at 22:00 GMT in Elluminate. Check the seminar forum description for up-to-date details of all live sessions.

2. Mark Your Calendars
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The 2009 - 2010 SCoPE schedule is coming together. Here are the seminar topics. We're still working on fine-tuning the dates!

* The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education, facilitated by Curtis Bonk. This is a live session and 3-day book launch Q&A September 1 - 3, 2009. Information about the book can be found on the blog, including a link to an upcoming free "book extension". What a great way to start a new semester!

* SCoPE Reflections and Next Steps. This is our annual get together to reflect on past SCoPE activities and to generate some ideas for the future.

* Re-Thinking E-Learning Research, facilitated by Norm Friesen, Canada Research Chair in E-Learning Practices. This is the next book in our Professional Reading Group Series. Purchase the book or download selected chapters from the Wiki.

* The Art of Teaching, facilitated by Nancy Randall and Neil Smith from Vancouver Island University. This seminar is organized around the Art of Teaching video series.

* Digital Identity, facilitated by Trish Rosseel and the Digital Tattoo Group at University of British Columbia, December 1 - 18, 2009

* Guiding the E-Researcher, facilitated by Janet Salmons, January 18 - 29, 2010

Check upcoming seminars for an updates to the seminar schedule. The Learn Together Collaboratory has a full list of events of interest to educators.

3. Activity Recap
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1. SCoPE Seminar: Exploring Networks of Communities
July 6 - 24, 2009
Facilitators: Diego Leal and John Smith
When does it make sense to have a network of communities? How do you go about supporting a network of communities? This 3-week seminar was an initial exploration around the topic of networks of communities. We combined a forum discussion with 6 live "case study" sessions from 4 countries where we heard from community leaders in higher education. We're gathering the main questions, considerations, and participation information into a wiki.

* Check seminar archives, as well as the recordings of live sessions organized through BCcampus Online Communities.

4. Virtual Field Trips
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During the Community Enthusiasts event in Vancouver, BC in May, 2009 we decided that the opportunity to visit communities with the help of a tour guide, and using a specific framework as a lens on the community, would be an excellent mutual exchange among community leaders and enthusiasts. Tourists (enthusiasts) can get ideas and insights from seeing other communities, and the tour guides (leaders) can benefit from the expertise of the enthusiasts. As mentioned above as part of the August seminar, our first field trip will showcase WikiEducator. The Virtual Field Trip project is organized in collaboration with CPSquare, and we will continue to design and refine as we gain experience with this format for exploring communities together. Information about this project is being developed on the CPSquare Wiki.

5. PeriSCoPE
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* Social Media: Trends and Implications for Learning
This is a free monthly discussion, hosted by AACE
Facilitators: George Siemens and David Cormier

* Learning4Content, a free online workshop to develop wiki skills for education, runs August 24 - September 4, 2009

* The next CIDER Session is EduBlogs as Metaphor with Glenn Groulx, Sep 09, 2009. CIDER sessions are targeted at distance education researchers, graduate students, and practitioners. Each session features an active researcher talking about their project, methodologies used, and their results. If you are interested in presenting your research in a future CIDER session, contact Lynn Anderson: lynnlo@cogeco.ca.

* The Connectivism and Connected Knowledge course, facilitated by George Siemens and Stephen Downes, begins September 14, 2009

* Janet Salmon's book: Online Interviews in Real Time is due to be released in December, 2009. You're all invited to the Webinar and Book Release Party Oct 27, 2009!

* Join the SCoPE group at Linkedin to connect with others who are interested in employment in education or in connecting professionally on projects, follow SCoPE on Twitter and check out the SCoPE Facebook group and member networking as a way to keep in the loop.

* Check what SCoPE members are blogging about and subscribe to our SCoPE Bloggers feed. Do you have a blog? Add it to our SCoPE member blogs database.

* Have you added your name and location to our Frappr Map?

* Leave a message on the SCoPE Voicethread

6. About SCoPE
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SCoPE 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. Membership is free and open to everyone.

SCoPE forms collaborating partnerships with many organizations to implement and promote community activities and products. This is a mutual exchange of support and services.

Self-register at http://scope.bccampus.ca

Past SCoPE seminar discussions are always available for reading and afterthoughts.

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

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