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Mob rule learning; camps, unconferences, and trashing the talking head.


Mob rule learning; camps, unconferences, and trashing the talking head.

Boule, Michelle.

CyberAge Books


230 pages




For conference planners, teachers, program coordinators, and human resources professionals, Boule, a librarian, shows how camps, unconferences, and peer learning strategies can be more effective than traditional conferences for learning. She first discusses the problems with traditional conferences, the definition of a camp or unconference, and their benefits and challenges, then gives instructions for planning one and applying the structure to other areas. She provides case studies of Foo Camp, BarCamp, THATCamp and PodCamp, GovCamp Canada 2010, Social Software Showcase, the ALA Unconference, and Mashup Camp. In the second half, she discusses learning environments in higher education and organizations, staff training and continuing education, how the idea of mob rule is changing how people learn and how to create this type of learning, and the benefits and challenges of moving beyond traditional classroom ideas, with case studies of universities.

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Date:Dec 1, 2011
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