Mob Rule Learning: Camps, Unconferences, and Trashing the Talking Head [NOOK Book]

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In response to the increasing failure to successfully instruct through traditional conferences and learning environments, this comprehensive resource offers the first examination of, and guide to, the “unconference” movement. Dissecting the impact of internet “mob rule” on continuing education and training, this book shows how a new breed of digital solutions—including camps, “unconferences,” and peer learning strategies—successfully put the power of knowledge in the hands ...
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Mob Rule Learning: Camps, Unconferences, and Trashing the Talking Head

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Overview

In response to the increasing failure to successfully instruct through traditional conferences and learning environments, this comprehensive resource offers the first examination of, and guide to, the “unconference” movement. Dissecting the impact of internet “mob rule” on continuing education and training, this book shows how a new breed of digital solutions—including camps, “unconferences,” and peer learning strategies—successfully put the power of knowledge in the hands of learners. In addition to providing a step-by-step approach to planning and leading a successful camp or “unconference,” numerous case studies are presented, as well as interviews and examples of emerging education and training models for organizations, businesses, and community groups of all sizes.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Classes for professional development are often too expensive and not timely enough for professionals in technology-heavy fields, and thus the unconference model is an attractive alternative. Librarian and consultant Boule argues persuasively for this kind of participant-centered learning. Her book is divided into two parts, the first devoted to camps and unconferences and the second to classes and other training. Both include the drawbacks of the traditional model and the advantages of participant-led learning, tips for organizing these experiences, and several case studies, most taken from the technology sector or librarianship. Boule illustrates how participants can use technology to organize, conduct, and document their learning events. VERDICT Though her arguments are often repetitive, Boule successfully demonstrates how professionals can "educate themselves and share their collective knowledge in meaningful ways." A quick read on a timely topic, her book will be of interest to anyone who plans professional education. Readers looking for a step-by-step guide to organizing a library unconference should also consider Steve Lawson's Library Camps and Unconferences.—Janet A. Crum, City of Hope Lib., Duarte, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937290962
  • Publisher: Information Today, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Michelle Boule is a Geek Librarian living in Houston, Texas. Michelle went to Texas A&M University and received her MLS from Texas Woman’s University. She was recently a social sciences librarian at the University of Houston. She now spends her time writing and consulting while trying to care for her growing brood of children and large dogs. In 2008, she was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. Michelle has created online learning environments, taught in-person classes, presented on a wide variety of technology and training subjects, shelved books, read books, written articles, organized unconferences, and participated in subversive activities in an effort to save the world. Michelle will read almost anything in book form, loves to cook, bake, go camping, and believes Joss Whedon is a genius. Michelle can be found online at A Wandering Eyre (wanderingeyre.com).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

About the Website xiii

Part 1 And So It Begins 1

Chapter 1 Traditional Conferences: What They Do and How They Get It Wrong 5

Chapter 2 (Un)Defining a Camp or Unconference 17

Chapter 3 The Good, the Bad, and the Unscripted 35

Chapter 4 How to Plan and Execute a Successful Camp 49

Chapter 5 Unconference Case Studies 67

Chapter 6 Applying the Unconference Structure Beyond Conferences and the Future of the Movement 87

Part 2 Changing the Rules of Learning 99

Chapter 7 Traditional Classrooms: What Is Missing? 103

Chapter 8 Benefits and Challenges to Leaving the Traditional Classroom Behind 115

Chapter 9 Creating Your Own Knowledge Ecosystem: Harnessing the Power of Mob Labor 143

Chapter 10 Planting, Caring For, and Feeding Your Mob 159

Chapter 11 Education Case Studies 177

Chapter 12 The Future of the Self-Educated Mob 197

Afterword: A Conclusion and Manifesto 203

Appendix: Tools and Glossary 205

About the Author 217

Index 219

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