Three slides about a web site – technology to support a mixed community of practice

This past week I was involved in a presentation about the Landscape Measures Resource Center, a new site we’ve developed to support the practice of landscape measurement. This is a fairly new practice and integrates knowledge and stakeholders from multiple domains. I’ve extracted the three slides that directly addressing our use of technology and repackaged them, using Adobe Presenter. I can’t get the presentation to embed well here so the direct link to the slide is:

http://treadwell.cce.cornell.edu/elearn/upload/threeslides/

If you’d like to take a look at the in-development version of the web site it’s online here:

http://treadwell.cce.cornell.edu/ecoag1a/

Communities of reflection

I’ve been doing a fair amount of thinking (one might say reflecting) about what it is we actually do when we come together online. There’s a lot of talk about Communities of Practice and how and what and when, but what I find or what I find interesting is the act of reflection as a way to learn and refine/change practice. And perhaps I am being too much the literalist here, but mostly practice happens out there, in the world. What we do here, online, is tell the stories about the practice and then, hopefully, reflect and engage around the story and our reflections.

Yes, yes…CoP’s have a reflective component but I am seriously wondering about building intentional communities of reflection. I believe it would be a different experience…the boundaries and rules would alter and, perhaps, the stories would be given more space. (On the other hand, maybe not. ) Perhaps a kind of story circle…