Category Archives: Group Dynamics

The lifecycle of a social learning community and the shape of moderation

Nothing lasts forever, not even good conversations. I’ve been working this week on some ideas around the lifecycle of social learning communities, specifically the changing role of the moderator throughout the lifecycle. I’m working around a three stage approach, with … Continue reading

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Music in learning: social learning communities and personal learning networks

In this final extract from my new book on ‘music in learning’, i’m looking at learning communities and exploring how we come together to learn. I have completed the first draft of the book this week and now starting the … Continue reading

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Choosing the right clothes: social learning tone of voice and identity

Next week there’s a big Christmas meal which, leading to much debate amongst certain elements of the community as to what to wear. There are impressions to be made, people to catch up with and celebrating to be had. It … Continue reading

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Social learning: musical communities on the move

I spent the weekend at a festival with a few musical friends: plenty of time to catch up with everyone in the first patch of sunshine for weeks. One of the nice things about going to festivals is that you … Continue reading

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Small group learning using iPads. Ideas for practical applications.

The iPad is an ideal platform to be used in small groups: it’s small and independent enough to be passed around, but large enough to be viewed by a group and easy to project from. For these reasons, we can … Continue reading

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Building your social capital. The development of the networked knowledge economy.

I’ve been working with a number of organisations and individuals recently on developing their social media presence. It’s rather uniquely fulfilling for one very simple reason. Training is often rather one sided, the traditional model being that i know something … Continue reading

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Less bean bags and no suits. The creative collaborative environment.

Recently i spent a day at a business incubator in Cambridge, meeting the start up technology businesses and finding out how they collaborate. It was a great environment, glass and steel, deck chairs on the roof, coffee and muffins. Today … Continue reading

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