Communities of Practice & Related Boundaries: Part 2 of 4

This post sets the tone of current practice within academics for communities of practice. These empirical studies map back to the theories discussed in Part 1 and provides experiential relevance necessary to apply them in the real world. Parts 3 and 4 will discuss  the theory and subsequently empirical studies in different disciplines of boundaries and boundary objects. These posts are draft writing snippets of a systems thesis for adult education I am developing in my doctoral work. If you … [Read More]


Communities of Practice & Related Boundaries: Part 1 of 4

This post sets the theoretical background of communities of practice necessary to understand in order to really engage the dynamics of communities and their related boundaries. Part 2 will discuss empirical studies developed in formalized learning settings. Parts 3 and 4 will discuss the theory and subsequently empirical studies in different disciplines of boundaries and boundary objects. These posts are draft writing snippets of a systems thesis for adult education I am developing in my doctoral work. Communities of Practice: … [Read More]


Learning Models within Paradigms

During Agile 2011 I had the pleasure of leading an Open Jam session that focused on learning models and how they fit within learning theories or worldviews. We took at look at the progress made with learning theories in general starting with behaviorism and noted that each one presented excellent viewpoints and needs that we have as humans. We recognised the value of not being despotic about a particular paradigm, but to recognise and pull the values needed, especially when … [Read More]


Effectively Using Social Media in Academic Settings

A major challenge is finding effective strategies to stimulation social learning for online adult learners. Twitter and Facebook both have good reputations as social networking sites, but utilizing either effectively in an academic environment is more challenging. Literature provides many excellent insights to ensuring academic implications for Twitter, and explains how to differentiate educational networking from social networking. Johnson (2010) discusses that often educators desire a social environment for their students, but fall into a trap rife with potential inappropriate actions … [Read More]


Applying Network Analysis to Social Media Relationships

My doctoral efforts on a thesis about social change has led me to the edges of the network analysis world, and how practical applications of it can be utilized to improve our understanding of social media relationships.


Connectivism: A Digital Social Learning Theory

Connectivism is best grasped as social learning theory rebranded for the digital age and communities of learning within that age. As a result, the theory’s principles remain steeped in social learning theory, while its application is adjusted for modern technology and the uniqueness of online communities. It is a difficult concept to truly investigate as it is still in development and there is much unknown about it. However, a guiding concept of connectivism is that it is a learning theory … [Read More]


Experiential Learning

There are essential characteristics of experiential learning to note based on the observations of the Lewinian Model of Action Research, Dewey’s Model of Learning, and Piaget’s Model of Cognitive Development. All of these models have similar characteristics that result in the following conclusions presented by Kolb (1984):


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My passion is centered around ensuring effective learning experiences that improve people's lives. Developing a learning mindset is my ultimate goal whether working with academic programs or corporate training; formal or informal learning practices. It is my belief that our potential for agility is limited only by our capacity for learning.

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