This post is my contributing chapter for the special Connected Educator Month project #edbooknz – an e-book launched by Sonja Van Schaijik. Many thanks to Rachel Roberts for her ‘warm yet challenging’ feedback:) “My seven year old daughter knows that her father congregates with a family of invisible friends who seem to gather in his […]Read More The death of the digital community?
I am a few days into Connected Educator Month here in New Zealand and it’s hugely exciting what’s already started to happen. I’m leading this initiative as part of CORE Education, with a team from Victoria, Australia and the original Connected Educator Team in the US. Here is an interview I gave for the global CEM site: […]Read More Connected Educator Month goes global: My interview with the CEM team in the US
[This is a cross-post from the CORE Education blog. This was written as part of the CORE 10 Trends 2014 series.] What do we mean by ‘networked organisations’? When we think about the way work is managed inside an organisation, we might imagine a clear hierarchy, perhaps, with bosses and boards, leaders and teams. […]Read More Networked organisations: From islands to archipelago
“Universal access to research, education and participation in culture” – Creative Commons Aotearoa goal. I recently attended one of the sessions being held around the country by Creative Commons Aotearoa, featuring guest presenters included Matt McGregor, Keitha Booth, Andrew Matangi, Ian Munro and Stephen Lethbridge. Together, they offered a quick-fire overview of the issues, challenges and […]Read More Creative Commons in schools
Facilitating an online community for a client relies on a careful tightrope walk between the needs of the client and the needs of the community members.Read More Online community facilitation | Jumping off points
My head is very much focused on communities of practice at the moment, as much of my work involves facilitation and co-ordination within a professional-social network for educators (the VLN). I struggle, to be honest, with the tension between the natural evolution of communities of practice, grassroots-up, driven by members’ needs and wishes, and a […]Read More Placing a value on community
You on Twitter? Then you’ve been there…that moment when you realise that the person you’re following just doesn’t love you back. I’m not talking about “I follow you, so you follow me” (which is just not how it works) but those people (and they’re usually super famous, in marketing, or celeb-types) that hardly follow anybody…but […]Read More Unrequited love on Twitter: are they really worth it?
Today I attended the BarCamp 2010, on online communities, organised the wonderful folk at Ideasshop in Wellington. It felt like a wee homecoming, talking with other people who ‘get’ the online community passions and pitfalls. Largely Comms and PR folk, there were also some very switched on Gen-Y+ students (have you worked on your personal […]Read More Barcamp 2010: It’s the people, stupid!
Ten years’ graft, a shed-load of hard work and an evolution of practice. English Online and ESOL Online have become two online institutions for teachers, both in NZ and internationally. The decision to award the contract to others has puzzled those of us who a regular users of the site. I have been amazed by […]Read More If it ain’t broke…