Building the DISCUSS community

Building the DISCUSS community

Ideas and suggestions towards building the DISCUSS Community of Practice

 

hi George, thanks for sharing your ideas. I think that everybody can agree, that learning from others' experience in the course of mobility actions can be of great value, and it seems even more promising if we can connect it to existing European traditions like the "journeyman". However, I also guess that there can be no one-best-strategy to transfer innovations. Education and training are dynamic and open systems. They function in context, such as local traditions, learning cultures, institutional setups and belief systems. Thus, a solution found in one place might remain rather meaningless in another, and innovative solutions might be mainstream elsewhere. At best the effectiveness and impact of a practice can explained by its fitness for purpose, whether this be the achievement of a strategic goal or a solution to a problem, its compliance with the local context, practices and routines in place, and the local conventions determining the “value” of a certain practice. Taking these...

Dear Randolph and Brian, happy to join your conversation. I hope I can bring my small contribution. You say that « beneficiaries, such as local learner communities or educational institutions usually do not have the capacities to identify, critically analyse and develop the mechanisms required to successfully adopt innovations ». This is right, but our experience shows that knowledge exchange and transfer of innovation should go viral through physical encounters ! We were very surprised by seeing how spontaneously Ecett trainees bring innovations back from their internships abroad. This is a result of the personalized matching between the trainee and the experts but also of the « journeyman learning philosophy». To me, the biggest obstacle for transfer of innovations is bridging the gap between hearing or reading (theoretically) about someone else innovation and being involved in a global and integrated learning situation, which means : I hear, I see, I ask, I hear other colleagues...

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Reflections on Communities of Practice | Audio series by Chahira Nouira.

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New in the library: 'Communities of practice as stimulating forces for collective learning'. The purpose of this research publication is to get a clear view on how we can judge groups in relation to the characteristics of a community of practice (CoP), and the presence of collective learning in these groups.

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The EACEA just published the results of the EPALE call, according to which the European EPALE platform for the next 2 years will receive 5.5. million Euro funding. Wow! Big money going into Lifelong Learning

Had a 3hrs skype conference with Chahira Nouira in the afternoon. During the session we also did a follow up of the Munich conference. A bit exhausted now, but will try to wrap up things later in the evening and share our thoughts with you.

Paul Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback. 4 years ago
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Randolph Seems yesterday I was too ambitious. When trying to wrap things up, I realized that it will take another few hours to bring our "tacit" knowledge in a somewhat coherent structure. So, please be patient with us 4 years ago
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Randolph posted a new discussion4 years ago

Expanding the notion of communities of practice | Findings...

Dear all, last Friday Brian Dillon and I discussed a range of options towards developing our community further. As a result of this discussion, we concluded that complementary to reflection and spreading of project results, we should also have a closer look at the transfer of project outcomes into educational and social practice. Findings from recent K4 projects show that European projects often start from the implicit assumption that good products and dissemination strategies are decisive for the impact of projects, and once these factors are given they become fast-selling items: "Look what great things we have produced, don’t you want to try them out?” However, there is little evidence for this really happening. As a matter of fact, the bulk of products developed in European products never makes its way to the world of education and learning, and their "impact" remains limited to a small number of partners or experts associated with the partnership. The KA4 project Xploit recently...

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Just preparing a new blog entry on the local dimension of communities of practice. Thanks to Norman for sharing his invaluable expertise with us.

Prof. Norman Longworth in this blog entry presents three case studies of communities of practice, all of which have developed from local and regional initiatives on lifelong learning around the world. In his understanding a community of practice is a group of people which learns how to improve its knowledge, its behaviour and its influence as a result of interaction between each other and with other groups. The case studies make evident that successful communities of practice promote 5 basic ideas: a strong belief that the actions taken will be of benefit to all communities, the participation of many people in their development, clever leadership that persuades rather than directs, a common sense of purpose with a community ethic and a willingness to learn from experience and to keep on learning.

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Michael Excellent - and as you know i have been approaching other to contribute. Soon we will have inputs from Peter Kearns and Leone Wheeler in Australia, Jean Preece from Wales and Denis Barret from Ireland. I have yet to hear back from Ron Faris in Canada. I produced two sets of guidelines for each of two groups of 3 people and it is will be interesting to see how they respond. Once we see their contributions I will work on extending the invitation to contribute more widely. 4 years ago
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Randolph Dear Mike, this sounds fantastic! Thanks a million for your support and linking all these great poeple with our community. 4 years ago
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