Topics: social network analysis, directory update, FETC panel, SBAC webinar, joining the network
This week’s update on the U.S. Department of Education’s Connected Online Communities of Practice initiative:
Innovation Exchange: Social Network Analysis
Derek Hansen and Marc Smith, two creators of NodeXL, a free, open-source Excel plug-in for social network analysis, discuss and show how this kind of analysis can be used by online community leaders to identify key individuals and subgroups in their communities, as well as analyze group cohesion, social roles, and other community dynamics, in the Innovation Exchange…
Education Community Directory Update
The new education community directory now has 40+ communities in it and is growing every week, sometimes every day. Are all your favorites represented? Check it out, and let us know. Better yet, add them to the directory yourself!
Assess4ed Update: Save the Date
On Monday, January 23rd, assess4ed hosts the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium as the consortium’s COO and Measured Progress’s Executive Director for System Architecture Development present an overview of the enterprise architecture for its online assessment system.
#EDCOCP Update: FETC Panel Live
We’ll be at FETC next week live tweeting a panel discussion about online community best practices that features NSTA’s Al Byers, Melinda George of the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future, Brainpop’s Allisyn Levy, and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach of Powerful Learning Practice, LLC (T.H.E. Journal editor Therese Mageau moderates). Come join the conversation on #edcocp, Wednesday, November 25, from 12-1 PM.
Getting More Involved: Community Managers’ Network
If you haven’t already joined the Education Community Managers Network, consider doing so. It’s actually not just for community managers—we’re discussing a lot of issues on an ongoing basis that need the perspective of researchers, technology developers, policymakers and, especially, the educators that we community managers ‘live to serve.’
PS If you’re already a member, please keep contributing—we’ve got a lot of rich discussions going on, all of which impact our research, reports, and dialog with developers and policymakers, and there’s a lot more that needs to be considered/said about all topics!