cMOOCs and xMOOCs – key differences

Jenny Connected

As xMOOCs become more successful and begin to experiment with pedagogies that go beyond the didactic video lecture approach, I have been trying to understand the essential differences between the original connectivist MOOCs such as CCK08 and the current xMOOCs such as those offered by Coursera.

Travelling a different road

Viv Mcwaters

I am confident though, that although it’s a different road that I’m travelling, it’s one worth exploring. A group of Japanese women were playing cards. Travelling a different road is a post from:

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Top teams understand the 4 different types of Teamwork in Nature

The Bumble Bee

We often talk about Teamwork as if its a singular thing however in nature there are 4 different types - each of which have a very precise meaning. When we talk about Teamwork we generally mean different things. For some a team is a group of people with a shared purpose.

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The leader casts a long shadow – further reflections on group work

Jenny Connected

Reflection on my West Highland Way walk and my recent experience of a cMOOC ( Rhizo14) , have made me reflect deeply on the formation and functioning of groups and the dynamics that emerge. Ideally, in an adult group, this responsibility would shared and distributed.

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Experiencing Cynefin physically in a group

Chris Corrigan

I enjoy designing these kinds of exercises, as it gives people a number of ways of understanding the framework and I find that it actually helps the penny drop for folks who otherwise have a hard time groking the nature of the different domains. Have people divide into four new groups.

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Communities, Networks and Groups

Jenny Connected

But perhaps of interest to those who follow discussions about the differences between groups and network s in relation to connectivism, will be the introductory section (pages 9-13) where the authors discuss their understanding of the terms ‘community’ and ‘network’ – how these are similar, different, overlap. I, like many others before and after me, once asked Etienne Wenger – ‘What is the difference between a community and a network?’

Group Works Card Deck – A Joyful Announcement

How to Save the World

Here is our announcement: ——– The Group Works card deck , the first product of the Group Pattern Language Project, is now out! The deck is designed to support your process as a group convenor, planner, facilitator, or participant.

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Mini-Workshop at the Office 365 and SharePoint User Group Meeting

Michael Sampson - Currents

Last week I was the second of two presenters at the Office 365 and SharePoint User Group meeting in Christchurch. In two groups, with three subgroups in each group, I gave one of the six resulting sheets … and asked them to spend 5 minutes answering the questions.

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What makes Facilitating With Confidence different?

Viv Mcwaters

So that’s what we focus on – each individual developing the confidence and self-awareness to step up, be present, respond in different ways to sticky moments or difficult people, to not be the centre of attention and to enable connection.

Table: Facebook Pages vs. Facebook Groups (vs. LinkedIn Groups)


Are you buffudled by the difference between Facebook Pages and Facebook Groups? Are you often confused about the difference between Facebook Pages and Facebook Groups? And how they compare to LinkedIn Groups? I often am. It's the most common question I receive when presenting on social media. This post helps end the befuddlement. read more. Influence Social Media

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State of Enterprise 2.0 Collaboration Survey by Chess Media Group


survey is that, as a token of gratitude for taking the time to complete it, you would have access to four different Enterprise 2.0 This piece of research by the Chess Media Group is eventually sponsored by both the Enterprise 2.0

Work Together: 60+ Collaborative Tools for Groups

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration - Allows groups to share documents, calandars, contacts, and files. They can then access them from a number of different mobile devices. Glide - Facilitates group meetings to review projects together. - Specifically for groups working on business plans. - Create multiple workspaces with multiple documents, then share them for group editing. - Site for group writing of fictional stories.

(Intranets2011) "A social intranet - two years on" - Melissa Hendry, REA Group

Michael Sampson - Currents

In the second-to-last session for the day at Intranets2011 , Melissa Hendry from REA Group talked about their social intranet journey. People can join different groups - personal and business. -.

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The five major theories of how people "learn": a synopsis

The Bumble Bee

Carlton also identifies different computer games founded on each theory. Over the years, academics have proposed a number of theories to describe and explain the learning process - these can be grouped into five broad categories: 1. Think Differently

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Community – organization difference

Learning Alliances

In comparison with how community and organization interact in other circumstances, it’s the churches and meditation groups depicted on the right that highlight the differences between the two regimes most clearly. These different settings have been on my mind for years.

Understanding the difference between Forums, Blogs, and Social Networks

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network

Ever been to a conference where different lunch tables had big white signs inviting people to sit and join others of like interest? It’s important to know the many different tools in your tool chest as every type of accessory fulfills a different need.

Overlapping communities by multiple group membership: quantum behavior in social networks

Bas Rues

Where people in organizational settings used to be member of one or two work-groups, nowadays with the rise in online collaborative spaces this membership is much more dynamic and volatile. The above results in people being member of more groups than they were before.

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The Group Work Site in SharePoint 2010 - "strange, inconsistent, weird, and unusable"

Michael Sampson - Currents

One of the new site templates is called the "Group Work Site," which is described in the creation dialog box as " a groupware solution that enables teams to create, organize, and share information quickly and easily. Calendared events from the calendar in the Group Work Site?

Guidelines for Group Collaboration and Emergence « emergent by design

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

schrage89) As a distributed group of individuals (agents) within a network, we form a complex adaptive system. An emergent, adaptive group does not exude these characteristics. Mututal Respect It’s easy to full tuned to the people in our group that think like us.

Social media for trainers: think differently!

Joitske Hulsebosch

I forgot my adaptor (really stupid of me) and felt very disorganised working on various different laptops and computers. Skype for instance looks so differently on a Windows computer. Some trainers were still at zero, a few were halfway, being a member of a few Linkedin groups and maybe on Facebook. However, we are not there yet, as shown by the laughter when I stated that starting a Yammer group is not more difficult than using the beamer. Online: think differently!

How to add Friends to Groups or Lists or Filters in Facebook

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Before the new Facebook interface was fully launched, I mentioned that it would be a good idea to plan some groups for you to filter your friends into. So, I was trying to figure out how to put my friends into different groups (filter them) in Facebook and found it a bit tricky so thought I’d share it here: EASIEST- WHEN ADDING AS A Facebook FRIEND. They hid groups, lists, filters, whatever you want to call them, under TOGGLE. Groups are hidden here.

Thinking alone – crowd sourcing – tapping into the group brain?

Net-Map Toolbox

The body is more than a pile of sticks - group brain is more than a pile of brains (picture copyright by perpetualplum on flickr). That makes it possible to integrate more diverging views, knowledge from more different domains and something we vaguely call collective wisdom. I have found that a lot of group facilitation techniques are exactly about this, getting groups to the point where their sum is more than just a collection of the individual parts.

Enterprise 2.0: Two Success Stories on Connecting People with People to Make a Difference!


It’s amazing how, in most cases, we may all be working for different companies, different industries, different business areas, yet our challenges all seem to be down to the same dead-end: the corporate culture AND how to change it to make it more 2.0

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Life With Alacrity: The Dunbar Number as a Limit to Group Sizes

John Tropea - Delicious Community

« Post RSA Conference Wrapup | Main | Great Social Networking Posts » The Dunbar Number as a Limit to Group Sizes Lately Ive been noticing the spread of a meme regarding "Dunbars Number" of 150 that I believe is misunderstanding of his ideas. But, what is a "group"?

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The Messiness of Rhizomatic Learning – Words Steal My Intent

Jenny Connected

Jaap Bosman questions whether participants of a MOOC are a group and therefore is there a need for group roles (e.g. If the participants of a mooc are (part of) rhizome, group roles are life functions of the rhizome? Does a healthy cMOOC need ‘group roles’?

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(Intranets2011) "Strategies for Creating a Social Workplace with Your Intranet" - James Dellow, Headshift / Dachis Group

Michael Sampson - Currents

Technology has enabled us to do things differently - communication technology, electricity (reconfiguring the physical environment). Headshift and Dachis Group - very focused on "social business."

Being, Differently

How to Save the World

So I was cautious in my ambitions: The idea was to see how I could make what I know I’m already going to be doing anyway, easier and more fun, by doing it differently in a way that would also increase my attentiveness, appreciation, playfulness and sense of wonder.

The Evolution of Cooperation

Jenny Connected

Group selection . When humans were hunter gatherers they moved around in extended family groups. A group which was comprised of cooperators had an evolutionary advantage. They reproduced more effectively and these small differences made for a big differences over time. David Sloan Wilson Cooperation in his book Darwin’s Cathedral discussed religious groups as mechanisms for group selection. Nowak 2006 talks about different reciprocity mechanisms.

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Are You Tapping “Third-Order” Engagement?

Alchemy of Change

When you get it right though, it can make a huge difference. I’ve written about how Twitter engages a core group of “information networkers&# to build a powerful real-time information network used by well over a hundred million users. Related Posts Comments (4) #1 written by Northof49 about 3 weeks ago Reply Quote Hey Gideon, How is this different from cultivating a network effect?

Facilitate! Don’t be a Clever-Bully

Net-Map Toolbox

So many things can happen in the group that maps, they can misunderstand instructions, get stuck in analysis paralysis, launch into conflict and, oh yes, they can get it all wrong! Clever-Bully (picture by Diamond Select Toys). I’ve been teaching Net-Map a lot, lately.

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Three ‘new’ group processes

Viv Mcwaters

The Wave Analysis uses the metaphor of the wave to explore different practices in a particular industry. In debriefing this approach (that I’d never tried before) it was suggested that I start, rather than putting pressure on one participant in the group to start.

Life With Alacrity: Community by the Numbers, Part One: Group Thresholds

John Tropea - Delicious Community

« New Blog for Ephemera | Main | Community by the Numbers, Part II: Personal Circles » Community by the Numbers, Part One: Group Thresholds We often think of communities as organic creatures, which come into existence and grow on their own. Most commonly, the group shrinks.

Are you we? Or are you I?

Net-Map Toolbox

Working in an international organization, I see that we have a strange mixed relationship to our awareness of cultural differences. I was reminded of that today when a small group of colleagues disagreed about how you best frame a problem you have with how the team does things.

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The Evolution of Cooperation

Jenny Connected

Group selection . When humans were hunter gatherers they moved around in extended family groups. A group which was comprised of cooperators had an evolutionary advantage. They reproduced more effectively and these small differences made for a big differences over time. David Sloan Wilson Cooperation in his book Darwin’s Cathedral discussed religious groups as mechanisms for group selection. Nowak 2006 talks about different reciprocity mechanisms.

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Public Shared Services Design: the service cost and quality balancing act

The Bumble Bee

I recently worked with colleagues to identify savings through collaboration between different local councils. It is then necessary to determine if it is the whole demographic group or a particular subset which applies to the specific service. Think Differently

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Instant Customer Data Analysis using Excel: worked example

The Bumble Bee

To go further we need to group them into bands and categories. Think DifferentlyOne of the most useful aspects of Microsoft Excel is its ability to quickly slice and dice customer data from live systems to identify important trends and behaviors which can inform strategy.

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The River Diagram: Strategic community change management

The Bumble Bee

Chris Collison has introduced me to The River Diagram - a great strategic tool for moving a community of groups forward via common initiatives and best practice sharing. Say you have a number of groups which you are working with who all have common challenges. These could be separate groups or different teams or units in a big organization. First you assess each group individually across each of the behaviours. Think Differently

Loomio - Group Decision Making

Michael Sampson - Currents

New Zealand''s news website, Stuff, is reporting today on Loomio , a new group decision making software offering. " Loomio has been translated into seven languages and was being used by sports clubs, community groups, businesses and social movements in 20 countries.

Collaborative Thinking: Timeout For Something Different

Collaborative Thinking

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Voices in groups

Viv Mcwaters

Body language gets a lot of press when exploring group dynamics. Here’s a few random thoughts and observations about different ways we use our voice in groups, based on what I do and observations in groups. We all seem to have different tolerances for silence. We can use our voice to subtly (or even not so subtly) shift our own status in a group (this usually means raising our status or making a status attack).