Connecting BTOP Peers to Collaborate, Learn, and Train

Tech Soup Blog

As part of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Project (BTOP), which is a federal stimulus program for thousands of organizations and public libraries around the country to help expand and improve broadband access, we've been interviewing grantees to glean their best practices, challenges, opportunities, and hopes for the projects they're working on.

NTC Storytellers: Accidental Technologist, Volume One

NTEN

I was very happy to share several tools from the Droid App world like Cinch, Posterous and TweetCaster to help better make the Droid mobile devices more integrated with the messaging and in the process learned from others - for instance about how the newer versions of the FlipCam (thank you, Cisco) auto compresses the videos depending on the upload source. 11ntc Collaboration learning sharing storytelling IT Staff

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London Net Tuesday January - Resolutions for Learning

Amy Sample Ward

Join us for Net Tuesday London, this month: Resolutions for Learning! January’s event will ask questions like: How do you manage your learning? Where do you go to connect with other online who are learning about or interested in the same things you are? The first of the year is resolution time, so this will be a chance to make resolutions about your learning, and get quality feedback about how to make them happen!

Great reads from around the web on April 28th

Amy Sample Ward

We hope to establish a collaborative learning community — with plenty of space for ideas and wisdom of the field. We aim to work together to create a vision for meeting the education and learning needs of people in our field. Name-calling is never nice — that much most of us learned in kindergarten. I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day.

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Webinars in 2012 ? Where are They Going?

SocialFish

We’ll be featuring a lot more posts about social learning (you’ve probably noticed some already ) and we’ll introduce our full CommPartners team soon! However, with such rapid progression in social media and collaborative learning, the webinar curriculum is in transition. Some essential modifications to accommodate the changes in 2012 include: The Implementation of Social Learning. This results in what we call a collaborative approach to learning.

Building My Leadership Tribe in the American Express Leadership Academy

ASU Lodestar Center

But I greatly missed the human element and learned quickly that you can’t replace face-to-face interaction. Learning from others is ingrained in our DNA and is nothing short of crucial. Research from Harvard Business Review shows that learning happens best when learners collaborate and help one another. We learned about critical issues nonprofits are facing (or need to face) while being exposed to a rich network of professionals to connect and learn from.

Share Files and Collaborate Online with Box

Tech Soup Blog

Box.org provides organizations with the Box file-sharing, content management, and collaboration service. You can use Box's cloud-based storage and collaboration tools to replace traditional on-premises file servers and traditional file-sharing processes. It also provides tools that facilitate program management, funding development, and global collaboration. To learn more, read Box's summary of how nonprofits can use its services.

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The Launch Ticker = Awesome Way to Get Your Tech News Fix

SocialFish

Are you interested in technology news and what’s happening out of Silicon Valley, but no time to read through the hundreds of tech blogs and tech news magazines? I have discovered the most awesome thing ever. Created by Jason Calacanis, the Launch Ticker is a new way to get the news you need, efficiently and minus the link-bait headlines favored by many technology news sites. It’s basically a Google Doc, continuously updated and curated by Kirin Kalia and other researchers.

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Get to Know the Lodestar Center: Lili Wang

ASU Lodestar Center

I am also interested in the intersection of the government and the nonprofit sectors, which includes cross-sector collaboration, nonprofit provision of public services, etc. What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career? It’s not the lesson I have learned, but rather it’s generally an important point for junior scholars to keep in mind, to protect your time for research and learn to say “No”.

Harnessing Philanthropy to Promote Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Nonprofit Sector

ASU Lodestar Center

OMG Center for Collaborative Learning. posted by Christy Dargus Graduate Alumna ASU Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management. There is a glaring lack of diversity within the nonprofit sector and philanthropic community that harms not only minority communities but nonprofit institutions themselves.

How to Build a True Learning Community at the Core of Your Membership Model

SocialFish

What makes a group into a learning community? And what is the role of social media-enabled learning communities in the modern membership organization and other comparable types of knowledge service delivery? At a recent visit at VIN’s headquarters in Davis, California, I was struck by the realization that developmental learning is the basis of every aspect of VIN’s model and practice. Anchoring Building Blocks for an Effective Learning Community.

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Peeragogy: Self Organized Peer Learning in Networks

Beth Kanter

As a trainer, I’m intensely interested in creating learning experiences that integrate or about how to use the technology for nonprofits that engage and inspire people to put the ideas into practice. I’ve been obsessed with peer learning and self-directed learning models in my own learning and the trainings I design and facilitate. What struck me was his authentic co-learning process with his students. Photo by Aussiegal.

How To Focus When You Work in An Open Office Space

Beth Kanter

The Gensler study suggests that employees need four different work areas to be productive: focus, collaborate, learn, and socialize. Such spaces offer great benefits for collaboration, transparency, knowledge sharing, learning, creativity, and team building. So, how do you balance collaboration with the need for individual focus time? They also have a large communal space that is used for socializing, staff meetings, learning, and events.

7 Reasons Nonprofits Need iPads

Influence

Smartboards and lightweight laptops such as the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) and NEO2 already providing alternative learning experiences. It could spawn innovative interactive applications that support collaborative learning. Apple's new iPad tablet computer has spawned some mixed reactions. Some over-hype it as "magical" and "transformative." " Others have criticized its weight , lack of Flash support, or closed architecture.

From Community Arts To Community of Online Learners: Janet Salmons, Ph.D

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Most of the projects with these programs were carried out collaboratively; so I had a chance to see how different kinds of organizations, from grassroots to national, operate. It focused on collaborative e-learning. I interviewed ten online educators in five countries about how they planned and organized collaborative learning activities. A premise for this work is that we need to be better at working collaboratively???whether

Thank You Fernanda Ibarra: She's Number 7!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I am a multiplayer giving a lot of focus into the Web (online communities, socialnetworks, collaborative learning). I'm, of course, experimenting with person-to-person fundraising on Facebook and I'll share my learnings here. Full Size Photo here. Thank you Fernanda Ibarra. We met almost two years ago when we took the online facilitation workshop with Nancy White. We connected on Facebook. Fernanda lives in Mexico, we've never met face-to-face. Quote from her profile.

NpTech Tag Roundup: Election Day, NPTech Blog Chatter, and Tool Talk

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Knowledge-at-Work blog writes about when learning and knowledge collide -- and the importance of collaborative learning networks. There is a fairly large educator community on Second Life and the lessons learned are starting to appear in the blogosphere. Photo from Politalk_Tim Flickr Stream via the Voter s project Cross-posted at Netsquared Election Day, Organizing, Campaigns, Nonprofits and Web 2.0