Category: Social media knowledge sharing aka “The medium is the message”

Charles Jennings shares his thoughts on “the myth of knowledge transfer”

 Spotted by Stephen Downes http://www.downes.ca/,  Charles Jennings shares his thoughts on “the myth of knowledge transfer”

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During a meeting at Cambridge University around 30 years ago I was thoroughly chastised by a Cambridge academic.

I’d used the phrase ‘learning delivery’ when describing computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) approaches. CSCL was one of the hot pedagogical approaches of the day – when network-based learning was in its relative infancy.

“Charles, my dear fellow”, said the Cambridge man, “we may deliver milk, but learning is something that is acquired, never delivered”.

Of course he was right. I’d been sloppy with language. What I’d meant by ‘learning delivery’ was ‘providing the resources and environments that help learning and, by inference, improved performance, to occur’. Learning takes place in our heads. We alone make it happen.

I guess the phrase I’d used was a shorthand. However, it was the last time I ever used it. It conveyed an inaccurate message.

see the article herehttp://charles-jennings.blogspot.ca/2017/05/the-knowledge-and-learning-transfer.html


… Exposure to other organisations’ experiences can also be very useful for our own organisation’s learning and development, but no two organisations are exactly the same. If we package up the acquired data, information and practices in one organisation it’s extremely unlikely that they can be simply unpacked and used as-is with the same effect in another, no matter how closely aligned the organisations might be. The ‘knowledge transfer’ model doesn’t even work between organisations in industries with relatively standardised process . What works for Mercedes is unlikely to work for Ford without quite a bit of thought and customisation.  …

“Internet health as a social issue”

CBC’s SPARK, explores how the internet is now part of our… ecology , making me think we need to add it to our efforts to advance the social determinants of health for the people we work with.

“The internet is so critical to human life and the economy and society right now, that its impact is as significant as the environment,”

It may seem strange to think of the “health” of the internet.

But what if we started thinking about caring for the internet, collectively, in order for it to keep working properly?

“The health of the internet is something that we think needs to be a mainstream social issue just like the environment or education.”

Mark Surman is the Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, the non-profit dedicated to an open internet.

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Mark Surman (Mozilla)

Mark likens it to the time just before the environmental movement began to take hold:

See the article here: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/spark/…cial-issue-1.4053202

 

Digital life and death

I stumbled on this approach/resource via a tweet from social work tech group.   Both the tech and pod cast sites seem like a lively spot to support knowledge sharing for social workers.

Death and Grief in the Digital Age: Interview with Carla Sofka, Ph.D.

[Episode 109] Today’s episode of the Social Work Podcast is about Death and Grief in the Digital Age. I spoke with Dr. Carla Sofka, professor of Social Work at Siena College. Dr. Sofka has been studying and writing about the intersection of technology and death and grief since the earliest days of the world wide web. Her edited 2012 text, Dying, Death and Grief in an Online Universe, looks at how changes in communication technology have revolutionized the field of thanatology.

In today’s episode we talk about the role of social media in how, why, where and when, who we grieve. She shares stories of people whose loved ones have died, only to find out that because of social media they are the last to know. Carla provides some digital literacy around death and grief in the digital age. She talks about social media posts as death notifications, about establishing digital advance directives and thinking about our digital dust.

She talks about STUG reactions which are Sudden Temporary Upsurges of Grief. I had never heard of a STUG reaction, but I actually had one during our conversation. You’ll hear me talk about college friend of mine who died several years ago and during the interview start to tear up as I recalled getting a Facebook notification that it was her birthday.  We then talked about internet ghosts, memorial pages, memorial trolls, how and when people should respond to death notices online and what that means for the loved ones. She suggests that just as we provide sex education to kids, we should be providing death education.  She also recommends including technology assessment in the standard biopsychosocialspiritual assessment. We ended our conversation talking about resources for mental health professionals who want to learn more.



The Social Work Podcast

Provides information on all things social work, including direct practice (both clinical and community organizing), research, policy, education… and everything in between.

http://socialworkpodcast.blogspot.ca/


Social Work Tech 

Social Work Tech

Mission
These articles are intended to help practitioners, psychotherapists, students, and visionaries in social work (and related fields) to understand technology tools and utilize them so that one can be better organized, improve delivery of intervention, and promote personal and professional development.
Vision
To empower personal and professional development of helping professionals through the use of technology.

http://socialworktech.com/

 

Canada’s direction of “universal access” to a basic need, broadband

News release from michael gurstein Centre for Community Informatics Reseach, Development and Training and Open Media

In historic decision, CRTC rules that all Canadians must have access to reliable, world-class mobile and residential Internet

Today’s CRTC decision is a game-changer for rural Canadians. Trudeau government must step up and help turn this exciting vision into reality

 

December 21, 2016 – The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has just ruled that all Canadians must have access to reliable, world-class mobile and residential Internet services. The decision underpins a call for a new national strategy from the CRTC and citizens alike, resulting from the Commission’s Review of Basic Telecommunications Services consultation.

 

OpenMedia, which led a nearly 50,000-strong citizen movement for Internet as a basic service (and facilitated more than 95% of the comments to the CRTC proceeding), describes today’s decision as truly historic. The ruling will be a game-changer for rural and underserved communities across Canada where Internet access is either unavailable or unaffordable, due to a digital divide keeping almost one in five Canadians offline.

 

“Canadians asked for universal Internet access, support for rural communities, world-class speeds, unlimited data options, and minimum guarantees for the quality of their Internet. And today, we won it all!” said Josh Tabish, campaigns director for OpenMedia. “With this ruling, the CRTC has finally listened to Canadians and agreed that residential and mobile Internet is a basic service required for modern life, as important as the telephone.”

 

Tabish continued: “For too long, rural and underserved communities all across Canada have faced an uphill battle to participate meaningfully in our digital economy. Today’s decision will go a long way toward closing this digital divide. Now that the CRTC has spoken, we need to hold the Trudeau government accountable for ensuring this exciting vision becomes a reality.”

Key points from today’s CRTC decision, and the accompanying national broadband strategy:

 

  • 100% of Canadians must have access to reliable, world-class mobile and fixed Internet services.
  • The decision includes: Internet access defined as a basic service, access to world-class speeds, options for unlimited data packages, and a level playing field for rural and remote Canadians.
  • New network speed targets of 50 Mbps download speed and 10 Mbps upload speed, and the ability to subscribe to fixed Internet package with an unlimited data option.
  • Canadians from coast to coast to coast must have access to high-speed mobile and residential Internet connections. To fund this, the CRTC will redistribute hundreds of millions of dollars from telecommunications company revenues over the coming years.
  • Going forward, rural, remote, and urban communities must be able to access Internet speeds five times as fast as the U.S. minimum (10/1) and the government will encourage the widest availability of the fastest 4G/LTE mobile networks.
  • Finally, the CRTC issued a new report outlining the imperative for a national broadband strategy and what the federal government should consider when building it.

Throughout our participation in this proceeding, OpenMedia argued that only a properly-funded national strategy can tackle Canada’s digital divide. We asked the CRTC to create new rules to ensure all Canadians have access to guaranteed minimum service levels on fixed and mobile networks — rules that will enable all Canadians to enjoy equal opportunity to participate in the social and economic activities afforded by Internet access at a fair price.

 

Our community-driven submission argues that these new rules should not hinder industry, but should instead promote investment, competition, and openness.

 

Canadians can call on the government to build on the CRTC’s vision to create a national broadband strategy at https://act.openmedia.org/broadband-plan

About OpenMedia

OpenMedia works to keep the Internet open, affordable, and surveillance-free. We create community-driven campaigns to engage, educate, and empower people to safeguard the Internet.

-30- Contact Katy Anderson Digital Rights Specialist, OpenMedia 1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 5

katy@openmedia.org

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“… departmental silos that make it difficult for digital staff across the organizations to integrate their efforts for success..”

From: http://www.care2services.com/ and partners, focused on organizations management of information communication technology (ICT)

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see report here: http://www.care2services.com/hubfs/Digital_Outlook_Report_2016.pdf?submissionGuid=6710df2c-9216-439f-826d-38abc8771367

…“With limited resources, how do we best leverage the power of the digital environment to make the world a better place?”

The answer in this report, on a strategic level, is ‘alignment’. What that means is that for nonprofit organizations to truly harness the power of the digital age, we need to make sure that each of our organizations are aligned with the systems, structure, culture, and performance management architecture to fully take digital into account. The best plans for digital marketing, brand building, advocacy or fundraising will fail if the staffing, skill sets, and structure of our organizations are misaligned. For example, this report shows that some organizations do not have dedicated staff to run digital programs, while other organizations have departmental silos that make it difficult for digital staff across the organizations to integrate their efforts for success.  Mike Johnston President and Founder, hjc

Social media challenge… out of the Netherlands

This group is working through facebook etc.

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Global Social Media Challenge for Social Workers

Now it’s time to organize the first Global Social Media Challenge for Social Workers. To help you to be a Social Media Pro. To grow your networks. To increase your impact. But most of all: to have lots of fun with each other. You’ll receive from February 8th till 19th each day a small challenge in your inbox plus lots of tips from the experts!

Hans and I are aiming for 6000 Social Workers in this Challenge. We need you! Please accept our invitation and join us (It’s all for free). 

You can sign up here >>>