TED Talk: Being Just Crazy Enough

In this TED Talk, comedian Joshua Walters, offers a different perspective on being bipolar and having manic episodes.  He offers the idea that one can choose to deny the illness and go through life over medicated, or one can use the illness and the manic episodes as a tool.  He spends most of the clip …

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TED Talks – Marine Biology

Mike duGruy: Hooked by an octopus Mike deGruy is a marine zoologist that became interested in the field after a remarkable encounter with an octopus. He recounts the meeting and points out some of the differences between animals living in our oceans. He explains an entire ecosystem living in the mid-ocean ridge unknown to the …

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Internet Trolls — Another View…

Here is an interesting counter view to our KM article read — “How to Tame an Internet Troll” This view argues that trolls provide a useful function in society — “Why We Meed Trolls…“

COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE

As Karen Hadley argues ,Situated learning theory positions the ‘community of practice’ as the context in which an individual develops the practices (including values, norms and relationships) and identities appropriate to that community. It simply creates an environment in which learners can simply make useful meaning from real day to day activities such as field …

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Rhetorical Analysis

Rhetorical (Hopefully?) Analysis             As humans we always strive to feel a connection with other beings and a mutual understanding of a topic with the others in whatever situation we may be in. For example, if one were sitting in a chemistry class listening to a lecture, one would hope …

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AAR#4

Andre Cutrim FYS AAR#4 Karen Handley’s essay, “Within and Beyond Communities of Practice.” talks about what is a community of practice and what its like to be an individual within the community. Community of practice focus around a group of people who share similar ideas about their field this creates the practice of the community. Individual’s  …

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Communities of Practice

In “Within and Beyond Communities of Practice,” by Karen Handley, the situated learning is dissected. Furthermore, she highlights difference between participation, identity, and practice. If you want to understand not only the academic community but all communities of practice, you must understand Handley’s argument. I played soccer in high school. I would spend hours juggling, …

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Rhetorical Analysis of Communities of Practice

The arguments presented in Handley’s articles discuss the the intricate sometimes ambiguous components of situated learning. Handley explains optimization of learning is centered around the relationship of identity, practice, and participation and expatiates on how each relates to the process. Investigating how these factors take form in specific discourse communities can provide a broad understanding …

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AAR #4 Esrey

Karen Handley’s essay “Within and Beyond Communities of Practice: Making Sense of Learning Through Participation” defines communities of practice as well as explores them in detail. Handley breaks the idea of situated learning into three key requirements: participation, identity and practice. She defines participation as referring “not just to local events of engagement in certain …

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Within and Beyond Communities of Practice

In the article “Within and Beyond Communities of Practice”, Karen Handley and her colleagues attempt to highlight different conceptual issues that communities of practice, as the crucial part of situated learning theory, encounter. They do that by first identifying situated learning theory as the one which provides opportunities to participate in the practice of the …

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