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Wednesday, January 17

  1. msg Another link for unconferences message posted Another link for unconferences Good description of some events. It might be nice to describe the environment and atmosphere like h…
    Another link for unconferences
    Good description of some events. It might be nice to describe the environment and atmosphere like he does here with concrete examples of what happened. Do not know whether this is what you have in mind.

    http://www.digital-web.com/articles/understanding_the_unconference/
    11:12 am

Tuesday, January 16

  1. msg Interesting papers message posted Interesting papers Food for thought: Participatory Design: The Community of Practice (COP) Approach and Its Relevan…
    Interesting papers
    Food for thought:

    Participatory Design: The Community of Practice (COP) Approach and Its Relevance to Strategic Knowledge Management and Ethical Governance - Janet McIntyre

    Space and Social Order: The Challenge of Computer-Mediated Social Networks - Michael Paetau

    http://www.unizar.es/sociocybernetics/Journal/JoS4-1.pdf
    12:05 pm
  2. msg David Winer's comment message posted David Winer's comment “The sum of the expertise of the people in the audience is greater than the sum of expertise of the…
    David Winer's comment
    “The sum of the expertise of the people in the audience is greater than the sum of expertise of the people on stage.”(1)

    David Winer´s comment derives from Béla H. Bánáthy's Systems Theory:

    "The joining and integrating of the web of relationships creates EMERGENT PROPERTIES of the whole. These properties of the whole may not be found in any analysis of the parts. This is the VALUE of systems theory. the WHOLENESS that can't be seen in the parts."
    11:22 am

Friday, January 12

  1. page Draft Article - FLNW as PD Model edited ... An event of this nature cannot help but have a profound effect on those involved. Its daring f…
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    An event of this nature cannot help but have a profound effect on those involved. Its daring format with no set agendas or program other than a series of chosen locations geographically disparate on set days meant that the touring party were effectively together for several days at a time without a break.Many of the party had only met virtually before this event and as happens when any group of people is thrust together for days on end there were a range of interpersonal issues that arose that needed addressing. On the plus side of this forced continual companionship was the fact that this meant that the unconference became a 24/7 affair where issues raised in the sessions of the day could be discussed after hours over dinner or during transport to the next port of call.
    The nature of the content under review and the wired ‘always-on’ (4) nature of the touring guests meant that there was an extraordinary amount of data recorded and posted on the Web. Discrete sets of this data can be accessed via RSS feed , and in the recently released ebook and dvd.
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    the education sector.
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    sector.It should be
    One of the intriguing aspects of FLNW was that it did require individual resolve to function effectively in the larger group, but this was not a stated goal of the event. It did however highlight the fact that working effectively in groups is not a given. It is a skill that needs to be learned. And not all members of the group saw working in groups as implicitly of value. Whether one sees value in working in groups, or is able to do it effectively has enormous implications for a group of educators ordaining collective, collaborative learning as a core requirement of learning in a connected world. There was vociferous debate on the nature and worth of groups and networks during FLNW, and for several weeks online after the physical event was over.
    Group Sessions
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Thursday, January 11

  1. page Draft Article - FLNW as PD Model edited ... One of the intriguing aspects of FLNW was that it did require individual resolve to function e…
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    One of the intriguing aspects of FLNW was that it did require individual resolve to function effectively in the larger group, but this was not a stated goal of the event. It did however highlight the fact that working effectively in groups is not a given. It is a skill that needs to be learned. And not all members of the group saw working in groups as implicitly of value. Whether one sees value in working in groups, or is able to do it effectively has enormous implications for a group of educators ordaining collective, collaborative learning as a core requirement of learning in a connected world. There was vociferous debate on the nature and worth of groups and networks during FLNW, and for several weeks online after the physical event was over.
    Group Sessions
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    interestingly, how can the unconference format can be used
    'I think it's really important to keep in mind that you can get students to do group work and sharing and talking together but giving them the option to move out and get on with their own work, that's really empowering and motiviating, they might take snippets from the discussion and then say, yes this is what I need and get on with their own work. It's more about enabling them to learn the material in their own way.'
    Yvonne Wood
    On other occasions small groups would splinter off to work on a specific task. Sometimes individuals would take photographs or movies or interview onlookers or other guests about proceedings using cameras, PC media recording devices, or phones. Samples of this ad hoc on the fly content can be seen on the unconference blog.
    OST suggests that these sessions should be preceded by a listing of all interested topics up on a wall or similar so participants can see at a glance what topics were being covered in that session, but there is no prescriptive way of going about this. This group of staff in NSW approached the pre-discussion stage by encouraging staff to state whether they wanted to share, learn, or do something, and formed groups around that process.
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    their own thingthing, separate to
    The Role of ‘Experts’
    FLNW had at its core a group of invited experts – some with an international profile – and their presence guaranteed a basic quorum of participants as these guests had pulling power. It also served as a bargaining chip when canvassing for funding for the event. Funding bodies, largely educational institutions, were more likely to fund an event that had significant profile due to the presence of international guests.
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  2. page Draft Article - FLNW as PD Model edited ... Group Sessions The group sessions were surprisingly efficient and free of awkward pauses or l…
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    Group Sessions
    The group sessions were surprisingly efficient and free of awkward pauses or leave-taking. Participants understood that they were free to change groups whenever they wished, and could join other discussions mid-stream in a free- flowing movement around the room as group sizes fluctuated between small gatherings of just a few people to groups of twenty or so. See Occasionally people in the shared space became aware of a particularly important or engaging discussion in one corner of the room and people would drift over to that part of the room to listen to the debate. This short movie from Derek Chirnside, our host in Christchurch from the then Christchurch College of Education (now part of the University of Canterbury), gives a glimpse of what typically happened during these concurrent smaller group sessions. This short movie from Steven Parker asks the questions Does the Unconference model work? and interestingly, how the unconference format can be used with students in a classroom environment?
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    move out adand get on with theori opwn work tahtstheir own work, that's really empoweeringempowering and motiviating tehymotiviating, they might taktake snippets from
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    their own work itswork. It's more about
    Yvonne Wood
    On other occasions small groups would splinter off to work on a specific task. Sometimes individuals would take photographs or movies or interview onlookers or other guests about proceedings using cameras, PC media recording devices, or phones. Samples of this ad hoc on the fly content can be seen on the unconference blog.
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    7) Michael Coghlan; Day 2 FLNW
    8) Staron et al (as above)
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    Steven Parker FLNW#10'FLNW#10 - The FLNW Unconference formatformat' http://blip.tv/file/80183/
    10) 'FLNW06 - Professional Development Space of the Future' http://blip.tv/file/103243/

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  4. page Draft Article - FLNW as PD Model edited ... 'I think it's really important to keep in mind that you can get students to do group work and …
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    'I think it's really important to keep in mind that you can get students to do group work and sharing and talking together but giving them the option to move out ad get on with theori opwn work tahts really empoweering and motiviating tehy might tak snippets from the discussion and then say yes this is what I need and get on with their own work its more about enabling them to learn the material in their own way.'
    Yvonne Wood
    There was recurrent comment on the empowering aspect of the unconference format for th classroom from many teachers and discussion on the types of physical open and closed spaces that could contribute to the success. This movie illustrates a potential classroom open space that can facilitate group discussion or where individuals can just go off into a corner and get on with their own thing separate to the group activity.
    On other occasions small groups would splinter off to work on a specific task. Sometimes individuals would take photographs or movies or interview onlookers or other guests about proceedings using cameras, PC media recording devices, or phones. Samples of this ad hoc on the fly content can be seen on the unconference blog.
    OST suggests that these sessions should be preceded by a listing of all interested topics up on a wall or similar so participants can see at a glance what topics were being covered in that session, but there is no prescriptive way of going about this. This group of staff in NSW approached the pre-discussion stage by encouraging staff to state whether they wanted to share, learn, or do something, and formed groups around that process.
    There was recurrent comment on the empowering aspect of the unconference format for the classroom from many teachers and discussion on the types of physical open and closed spaces that could contribute to the success. This movie illustrates a potential classroom open space that can facilitate group discussion or where individuals can just go off into a corner and get on with their own thing separate to the group activity.
    The Role of ‘Experts’
    FLNW had at its core a group of invited experts – some with an international profile – and their presence guaranteed a basic quorum of participants as these guests had pulling power. It also served as a bargaining chip when canvassing for funding for the event. Funding bodies, largely educational institutions, were more likely to fund an event that had significant profile due to the presence of international guests.
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  5. page Draft Article - FLNW as PD Model edited ... The Process – An Evaluation An event of this nature cannot help but have a profound effect on…
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    The Process – An Evaluation
    An event of this nature cannot help but have a profound effect on those involved. Its daring format with no set agendas or program other than a series of chosen locations geographically disparate on set days meant that the touring party were effectively together for several days at a time without a break.Many of the party had only met virtually before this event and as happens when any group of people is thrust together for days on end there were a range of interpersonal issues that arose that needed addressing. On the plus side of this forced continual companionship was the fact that this meant that the unconference became a 24/7 affair where issues raised in the sessions of the day could be discussed after hours over dinner or during transport to the next port of call.
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    recently released ebook.ebook and dvd.
    Though these interpersonal dynamics and the nature and volume of content produced are worth articles in their own right, it is the intention of this paper to focus more on the process of teaching and learning that occurred, evaluate its effectiveness, and assess the potential relevance of this type of professional development for the education sector.
    It should be said here that the sheer impracticality of the logistics of this kind of event make it unlikely that this model would be adopted by many organisations, but there is much that can be adopted for one or two day conferences. There was general consensus among the invited group that ten days was too long and that five days seemed an optimal amount of time. The length of the event clearly depends on the goals of the exercise. If one of the goals is to build individual capacity and confidence by drawing on group dynamics then an event of around five days may be necessary.
    One of the intriguing aspects of FLNW was that it did require individual resolve to function effectively in the larger group, but this was not a stated goal of the event. It did however highlight the fact that working effectively in groups is not a given. It is a skill that needs to be learned. And not all members of the group saw working in groups as implicitly of value. Whether one sees value in working in groups, or is able to do it effectively has enormous implications for a group of educators ordaining collective, collaborative learning as a core requirement of learning in a connected world. There was vociferous debate on the nature and worth of groups and networks during FLNW, and for several weeks online after the physical event was over.
    Group Sessions
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    group sessions. This short movie from Steven Parker asks the questions Does the Unconference model work? and interestingly, how the unconference format can be used with students in a classroom environment?
    'I think it's really important to keep in mind that you can get students to do group work and sharing and talking together but giving them the option to move out ad get on with theori opwn work tahts really empoweering and motiviating tehy might tak snippets from the discussion and then say yes this is what I need and get on with their own work its more about enabling them to learn the material in their own way.'
    Yvonne Wood
    There was recurrent comment on the empowering aspect of the unconference format for th classroom from many teachers and discussion on the types of physical open and closed spaces that could contribute to the success. This movie illustrates a potential classroom open space that can facilitate group discussion or where individuals can just go off into a corner and get on with their own thing separate to the group activity.

    On other occasions small groups would splinter off to work on a specific task. Sometimes individuals would take photographs or movies or interview onlookers or other guests about proceedings using cameras, PC media recording devices, or phones. Samples of this ad hoc on the fly content can be seen on the unconference blog.
    OST suggests that these sessions should be preceded by a listing of all interested topics up on a wall or similar so participants can see at a glance what topics were being covered in that session, but there is no prescriptive way of going about this. This group of staff in NSW approached the pre-discussion stage by encouraging staff to state whether they wanted to share, learn, or do something, and formed groups around that process.
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    7) Michael Coghlan; Day 2 FLNW
    8) Staron et al (as above)
    9) Shen Zhang, Yvonne Wood, Steven Parker FLNW#10 - The FLNW Unconference format
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