epiccommunity - CoSN 2012 Presentation


In this session, you will expore the role and benefits of online communities of practice (OCoPs) in supporting digital age educators at all levels. You will experience how OCoPs can help educators solve problems of practice. You will discover the potential a new national OCoP has for providing a dynamic environment for districts, schools and teachers to collaborate, share their expertise, and have access to resources to strengthen their ability to plan, implement, and sustain technology-enabled learning initiatives.


You will expand your understanding of how OCoPs can support educators in doing their work. You be introduced to new OCoP that will provide tools, resources, and access to experts to support educators serving in technology-enabled learning environment across the nation.


At the end of this session, you will be able to:
  • understand the important role OCoPs play in nurturing innovative educators serving in technology enabled environments;
  • engage in dialogue with colleagues to better define OCoPs as they might pertain to your work;
  • articulate the potential OCoPs have for helping practitioners solve problems and receive support;
  • share and gain expertise for how epic-ed can support you in your role and work.

I. Welcome and Introductions

II. Let's Expose the Challenge: Digital Transitions in Isolation – Hilary (5 min)

III. Let's Explore Possible Solutions: Online Communities of Practice (OCoPs) – Bobby (5 min)

IV. Let's Embrace a Solution: epic-ed (Empowering the digital transition) (15 min)

Epic-ed is a national online community of practice (OCoP) will provide a dynamic environment for educators to collaborate, share their expertise, and have access to resources to strengthen their ability to plan, implement, and sustain technology-enabled learning initiatives. Community resources are organized around a process for planning and implementing technology-enabled environments like 1:1 computing, BYOT, and ubiquitous computing. Events, resources, discussions, and news support and are aggregated on the site around three main stages of planning and implementing technology-enabled environments: vision, planning, and implementation, with assessment integrated as an ongoing, formative and summative process. Community members can integrate into the community at any time to identify resources, discussions, and events to suit their current needs.
To read epic-ed's mission please go to: http://epiccommunity.wikispaces.com/Mission

Part I: How will we connect the Access4ed and 1:1 Ning Communities? - Hilary

Part II: Who will benefit from epic-ed? - Lisa

Epic-ed will support the following audiences. Click on each audience icon to download the user case scenario for the corresponding EPIC audience in .pdf format.external image TEACHERS.jpgexternal image Administrators.jpgITF.jpgChief_Tech_Officer_(1).jpg

Part III: What is the theoretical framework for epic-ed? – Lisaepictiwster2012.jpg

A robust theoretical framework will guide the development and stewardship of the epic-ed community:
To learn more please go to: http://epiccommunity.wikispaces.com/Foundational+Framework

V. Let's Examine epic-ed's Organization and Features – Bobby (10 min)

VI. How can I join the community today? – Lisa (5 min)



Dr. Lisa Hervey, NBCT - lisa_hervey@ncsu.edu
Dr. Bobby Hobgood - behobgoo@ncsu.edu
Hilary LaMonte, M. Ed. - hlamonte@cosn.org