Preparing myself for the BeTreat
Posted Juli 4, 2012on:
At the end of July 2012 I will attend the „Academic BEtreat“ of Etienne Wenger and Beverly Wenger-Trayner. I’m looking forward to it – and I’m a little bit afraid as well. It seems that the training week will be mostly synchronous online with half of the group f2f in California and half of the group online (coming from all over the world). I imagine that the synchronous part will be exhausting, but we will see.
Some days ago I got an e-mail of Etienne and Bev with a really long list of things to check, to fill in, to do, to read, …. For the training Etienne and Bev are using a WIKI, which means that everybody adds and deletes – I’m not convinced that I would have such confidence to my future training participants to let them edit my texts and the texts of the other participants. But at the moment it seems to work well.
I have to check the time differences – UTC = coordinated universal time – today in Austria there’s the time difference UTC+02:00 whereas in California it’s UTC-07:00 – which means that there are 9 hours of time difference.
At the moment it is 23:35 in Austria and 14:36 in California (see link).
But there will be a preparatory meeting on Monday 23.7. 6am – 7am (California time) which is 15pm-16pm Austrian time BUT when saving the data to my Google calendar Google insists that the meeting will take place from 13pm to 14pm.
Nearly all chapters of Etienne’sbook will be read by the Betreat participants (Wenger, Etienne (1998). Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning, and Identity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.) – and I decided to read the chapters around Identity (p 143-172) to contribute to our ZML-journal club as well.
I’m a little bit disappointed that we will read Etienne’s book from 1998 and not his newer articles (e.g. about Social learning capability). Now I will start to read ..