Archive of 2013 January

What We Are Doing for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

on January 17th, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1983 legislation was signed declaring the third Monday in January Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  In 1994 Congress designated MLK Day as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service, a…

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Design-Stage Considerations for Using Collaboration Sites to Support Communities of Practice

on January 17th, 2013 in Online Collaboration by | No Comments

The design of the online components of a community of practice determines its potential and limitations even before any member has joined. Decisions must be made very early in the design stage that will impact the community’s usefulness, longevity, implementation, and success. This document outlines those decisions. We pose many…

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Designing and Growing an Online Community of Practice: A Case Study of the Iowa Forum on Competency-based Education

on January 15th, 2013 in Online Collaboration by | No Comments

In December 2011 the Iowa Department of Education asked West Wind Education Policy Inc. to develop an accessible format to share information about competency-based education with stakeholders across the state in real-time. The format was meant to promote community engagement begun at a conference of Iowa educators, higher education faculty,…

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Diversity in the 113th Congress

on January 9th, 2013 in Blog by | 2 Comments

The recently sworn-in 113th Congress has the most diverse membership in the history of our country’s government. As 82 new House members and 14 new senators assume their Congressional responsibilities, we will notice new firsts in the gender, racial, and ethnic composition of Congress. For the first time, the majority of House…

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