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Our group (Mary Ann, Siobhan, Darrell, Jason, Marti) listed the types of impacts we thought online communities could have on professional development.
We then went through and starred in orange those impacts that we thought might not easily fit into the existing Impact Categories of Knowledge, Engagement, Attitude, Skill, Behavior listed in the Evaluation Framework.
Some alternative types of categories for Other, that we thought might be relevant included collective efficacy, innovation, collaboration, social capital, and professional development.
We would explore these ideas more in Breakout Session 3 the next day.
We discussed 2 types of innovation: practice-innovation which includes things such as curriculum design (educators),exhibit design and development, and research innovation which has to do with content knowledge and evaluation methods.
How can online ISE communities support those two types of innovation? -by supporting different types of innovators. We described what a typical profile of an ISE innovator would look like depending on whether they are a PI/researcher vs. a practitioner.
Then we talked about collective innovation as a characteristic of the ISE community. What makes a community of researchers and practitioners innovative? How do we know if the ISE or any community is innovative?
What's distinct about online communities is the various forms of participation that can be encouraged by design: free membership, anytime/anyhow/anyway participation vs more directed and focussed participation such as msp net.
Which forms of participation are more conducive to individuals' professional development? Under which conditions should a more vs less directed form of participation be encouraged?
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