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Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in China recently welcomed social and community learning experts Etienne and Beverley Wenger-Trayner and have made videos of their talks and workshops available online.
The videos – recorded over a three day visit during which the pair were keynote speakers at the University’s International Colloquium – are all available online.
Each offers a short insight into the sessions delivered around social learning and communities of practice as approaches to teaching.
Both are global leaders in the field. Etienne has authored and co-authored seminal articles and books on learning, including Situated Learning (1991) where the term ‘community of practice’ was coined.
A ‘community of practice’, as Wenger describes on the pair’s website is a group of people ‘who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.’
He has also published Communities of Practice (1998), Cultivating Communities of Practice (2002), and Digital Habitats (2009).
Beverly is a learning consultant who specialises in social learning systems.
She has worked with international organizations such as the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the International Labor Organization, and The World Bank.
The videos include their keynote address, interviews and a CPS/CPD workshop. They are quick to view and very informative, offering a range of tips and insights from two experts in the field.