I have enjoyed learning through Nancy’s slide here
In response to Nancy White’s call for exploration about Social Artist in the Community Week of MOOC, here I think an excellent way to engage with others would be through:
(a) polling of interests
(b) provision of multiple choice sort of “evaluation & assessment” if it is about prior skills and experience
(c) engaging the audience or your peers in the conversation by listening to their views, and asking questions
(d) encouraging individuals to reflect on what it means for them, for instance on the impact of technology on education, learning, or at work, or on their interests, hobbies etc.
(e) cultivating a sense of community and cooperation/collaboration through further activities or tasks of their choice, again through (a) to (d)
(f) creating or helping each other to create a community or learning environment based on conversation, interaction and multiple channels/networking, that is also based on meeting the needs of individual’s autonomy, and the community or institution.
This conference facilitated by Professor Michael Wade well illustrated how polling and engaging with the audience would create those conversation, and traction towards community building in the conference. Perhaps, similar concepts could be applied in many synchronous Elluminate Session, by engaging and polling of ideas from the participants. Stephen, George, Dave, Nancy and many facilitators have well demonstrated the power of such facilitation. So this requires
(a) tools available from the synchronous tools – such as Elluminate/Blackboard
(b) a lot of planning and skills in the use of those tools and technology
(c) a topic of interests that would allow participants to contribute and share
(d) facilitation skills and mastery of the topic of interests by the facilitators
(e) a platform, such as a course (MOOC), or a conference (virtual or real face to face) or a workshop to demonstrate, and model, and to practise and reflect upon.
Also, such concepts on engaging and conversing with others could be applicable to Forum postings, Blog postings, Twitter connections, and many other means, like Youtube, Slideshare or Google Documents, Wiki cooperative writing etc.
I reckon that is the artistic part of social artist in a CoP or a community, where the artist becomes a leader or a steward, helping and supporting the community to grow and develop.
Here Stuart explains:
Healthy, thriving communities have social artists within them. Social artists are exceptional people. They may lead communities, they influence the tone of the communities they interact with, they invite and push people to learn and rethink. They are collaborative and wilful, idealistic and pragmatic.
What are some other “capabilities” and capacity required as a social artist?
How about your favourite list of attributes of social artist?
Postscript: Matthias posted the picture in Google +. Thanks to Matthias for posting.
Knowledge in the connections? Or knowledge distributed throughout the connections.
I think there are 3 kinds of knowledge here: (1) knowledge as revealed by the blogger, as a critical and reflective learner, in form of “personal knowledge” as “integrated and curated” from his/her blog post and other posts/artifacts, as a broadcast/reflection/stimulus to conversation, (2) knowledge as the conversation (of the concepts behind, in critical thinking & analysis), and learning as distributed knowledge, or conversation), and (3) the emergent learning and knowledge, as a set of connections between nodes (revealing a pattern that consists of crystallization of thoughts and perceptions out of the minds, conversation of different nodes), and in these connections that knowledge could reside (as Stephen has elaborated). I would also add that this would become a valuable “learning object” and artifact for the community or network to base upon, in further knowledge exploration and building in networks.
What would be the role of the social artist among the nodes and networks?