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Communities of practice and social learning systems

»Posted by on Jan 30, 2012 in All entries, Publications, Resources | 0 comments

Communities of practice and social learning systems:the career of a concept This article was written by Etienne in 2009 for a textbook co-published by the Open University and Springer. It does two things. It relates the conceptual framework of communities of practice to systems theory and it reviews the career of the concept of community of practice since its inception in Etienne’s work with Jean Lave in 1987. Contents A social systems view on learning: communities of practice as social learning systems   - Learning as the production of social structure   - Learning as the production of identity A learning view on social systems: communities of practice in social learning systems   - Learning as the structuring of systems: landscapes of...

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Essays on social learning capability

»Posted by on Dec 31, 2011 in Publications, Resources, Theory | 3 comments

Social learning capability: four essays on innovation and learning in social systems This series of essays was written by Etienne in 2009 as a reflection on EQUAL, a project with the European Union Social Fund in which both he and Bev were involved as consultants. One goal of EQUAL was to increase the social learning capability among all the projects that received funds to foster social innovation across Europe. Participation in this project crystallized some initial thoughts on social learning capability, which are captured here. The topic is now becoming a major thrust of our work. Contents Social learning spaces Learning citizenship Social artists Learning governance Download You can download a PDF version of the paper in English here: Download as PDF A...

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Evaluation framework

»Posted by on Dec 27, 2011 in All entries, Practice, Publications, Resources | 2 comments

Evaluation framework

As communities and networks go more mainstream there is an increasing demand from organizations to have ways of monitoring their value. How can we make the connection between the activities of a community or network and the improved performance of an organization, institution or even a country? In our value assessment framework, published by the Open University of the Netherlands, we identify five levels of value creation of a community or network: Cycle 1. Immediate value: the activities and interactions between members have value in and of themselves Cycle 2. Potential value: the activities and interactions of cycle 1 may not be realized immediately, but rather be saved up as knowledge capital whose value is in its potential to be realized later. Cycle 3....

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