Open cafe: Enterprise 2.0 and personal learning network discussions #msloc430

I am once again teaching MSLOC 430 Creating & Sharing Knowledge, my course in the Master’s Program in Learning & Organizational Change at Northwestern University. And this quarter I am continuing to experiment with ways to engage and connect the graduate students in this course with others who are thinking about the issues we think about in MSLOC 430: knowledge sharing and collaboration within organizational settings (Enterprise 2.0) as well as more openly and publicly via the web (personal learning networks). Most importantly: How do these two come together and what does it mean for learning and organizational change practitioners?

See more context about the course in my previous blog posts about it.

I’ve added two new activities this quarter (April 2 – June 9) and invite you to participate or share with others in your network who may find the discussions and resources of value:

  • Three scheduled one-hour Twitter chats beginning at 9:30 pm ET/8:30 CT/6:30 PT: Tuesday April 16, Tuesday April 23 and Tuesday April 30. A fourth chat may be scheduled in early May.
  • An open Google doc  to collect contemporary case studies or case insights about Enterprise 2.0 implementation and adoption.

#MSLOC430 Twitter Chats

On three consecutive Tuesday evenings we will discuss digital connections and knowledge sharing in both a “within organization” Enterprise 2.0 context (E2.0) and the more open personal learning network context (PLNs).

Hashtag for the chat will be #msloc430. This is the hashtag we use generally for the course. So if you cannot join in the chats but have something you wish to contribute to the dialogue, just tweet us at #msloc430. I’ll also capture these chats on this blog and open a space for continuing conversation.

Tuesday April 16: What are the general conditions and individual behaviors that foster meaningful digital connections? That lead to community? We will explore whether both the resistance we see and the enabling conditions are the same for digital, networked connections within organizations and on the open web. We will also address how we think about our own identities in those two contexts: In our workplace network and on the web.

Tuesday April 23: Adoption of social technology tools and platforms. In this chat we will explore generational differences (real or imagined?), the role (or non-role) of organizational leaders, and examples of people who inspire us via their digital presence.

Tuesday April 30: How do we describe the value of digital, networked connections and sharing – for individuals and for organizations? If you know me well, you know I totally understand but also cringe when I hear ROI or brand used in this context. But there certainly is value. So how do we – as practitioners – describe it? Does the value an individual gets (and gives) via a personal learning network also translate to a within-organization setting?

Enterprise 2.0 Case Studies/Stories

I have created an open Google document — MSLOC 430 Enterprise 2.0 Case Studies/Stories — into which anyone may add a link and a few key details (including your name) referencing openly available contemporary case studies or practitioner written stories about Enterprise 2.0 technology implementation, adoption and use.

“Open” means open. I know there are good case studies behind for-fee services or if I give you my email address and name so you can contact me about my purchase plans (I have none. We’re done with that). But I know that there are very credible, interesting bloggers and writers out there who are sharing really good insights about very recent experiences (within the past two years). I want to begin building a good list of those cases.

I know there are also other ways in which to collect this data besides a Google doc. I chose the document option as an experiment to see if we can actually begin creating a document to which we can add some more content (e.g., summarizing themes from reviewing the cases). Let’s see where this goes.

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