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epiccommunity - Progress Update
















Progress update

The work on this community, led by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, officially began on November 1, 2011. Prior to that time, the Friday Institute has hosted a Ning for previous work on 1:1 computing, and has conducted research on online communities of practice.


Project Milestones

As of February 1, 2012, the following milestones have been achieved:

Activity
Timeline
Responsible
Details
Foundational Framework for epic-ed
Oct 2011
Friday Institute
Theories to support development and ongoing work
National Cohort Program with Mooresville
Oct 2011
CoSN
Partnership with Mooresville, NC to develop a national cohort to engage in digital conversion initiatives and learn from Mooresville’s work. National program committee formed.
Project Mission Statement
Nov 2011
Friday Institute
Guide for the Development
Establishment of Practitioner Planning Group
Nov 2011
Friday Institute & CoSN
Representation from around the U.S. with equal members across the four audiences: Teachers, CTOs, Administrators, and ITFs
Community name
Nov 2011
Friday Institute & CoSN
With feedback from Practitioner Group
Community logo
Nov 2011
Friday Institute
With feedback from

NCSU College of Design
National Cohort Program
Nov 2011
CoSN
Draft agenda for even to include Chris Dede on scaling innovations and virtual site visit to American School in Singapore with Kimball
Audience Case Studies
Dec 2011
Friday Institute
Reviewed by key members of Practitioner Group
Moodboard input to Forum One via meetings and online documentation
Dec 2011
Friday Institute & CoSN
Examples functionality and community description provided to Forum One
User migration strategy for Friday Institute’s 1:1 Collaborative Ning
Jan 2012
Friday Institute
Document for technical work and marketing strategy for Ning community members
National Cohort Program
Dec 2011
Friday Institute & CoSN
Collaborative meetings to develop integration between epic-ed and f2f event
Video contribution and epic-ed appearance at Digital Learning Day
Feb 2012
Friday Institute
Video featured twice during national broadcast and chat facilitation from Friday Institute. Video available at http://www.youtube.com/user/EPICEdCommunity?blend=1&ob=0
User migration strategy for Access4Ed
Feb 2012
CoSN
In progress to align with F.I. marketing strategy
Marketing Road Map
Jan 2012
Friday Institute & CoSN
General framework for project work
Social media marketing strategy and community building via Twitter and Google Groups
Jan 2012
Friday Institute
Use of Twitter and groundwork for Google Groups to market and begin to cultivate the community
Ongoing solicitation and building of epic-ed Calendar of Events
Jan 2012
Friday Institute & CoSN
Robust calendar with synchronous & asynchronous events for the pilot year
Establishment of Expert Planning Group
Feb 2012
Friday Institute & CoSN
Small group of national experts to offer feedback on community features, marketing road map, and higher-level design issues
Ongoing development of community engagement strategy
Jan 2012
Friday Institute & CoSN
Following ideas from gamification theory and research
Development of national book club concept for New Culture of Learning
Feb 2012
Friday Institute & CoSN
Develop plans to build on webinar with John Seely Brown on the New Culture of Learning, leading to keynote at CoSN conference

More specific to the current work, the following benchmarks have been accomplished since November 1:
  • Conference call to explore partnering plan for OcoPs with Hilary Lamonte, November 8, 2011.
  • Strategic Planning Meeting - Hilary Lamonte and Keith Kruger will be at The Friday Institute all day on November 29, 2011 to solidify plans for aligning their mutually focused OCoP work moving forward.
  • Development of a Draft Project Mission Statement -Please note that this is NOT the mission statement of the community that will ultimately result from this collaborative work (see Mission (Draft).
  • Establishment of an Practitioner Planning Group, represented by individuals from the four stakeholder groups and across various demographics (see Practitioner Board).
  • First Practitioner Planning Group meeting scheduled on November 30, 2011.
  • Community Branding - Initial work and feedback from Practitioner Planning Group on a community name, and prototype work on a community logo.
  • Establishment of Theoretical Framework and visual prototype to support ongoing community development (see Foundational Framework).
  • Initial exploration of User Experience Guidelines.

Future Directions

The following items reflect short-term benchmarks:
  • National Cohort Program – Research and successful practice models from the field indicate the value of a cohort-based approach in achieving shared knowledge and dynamic collaboration in OCoPs. This OCoP will support 5-6 cohorts from around the U.S. participating in a program beginning in Fall 2012. Recruitment will begin in early Spring 2012.
  • Calendar of Events – We will soon begin to develop this calendar of events for the community, beginning with initial information web conferences and similar opportunities for the education community at large to be introduced to the online community.
  • Identification of community design elements – Based on research and review of existing communities, we have begun and will accelerate our efforts to identify these key features and functions based on the four audiences and needs of online communities.
  • Resource Inventory – Based on the current Ning, we’ll begin to take stock of the most relevant resources for the new community.