TeachLab Seminar Series: 27 September 2022. Social Learning Spaces: Learning to make a difference.

Etienne Wenger-Trayner, Social Learning Lab

Date and time: Tuesday, 27th September, 4.00pm - 5.30pm


What Starting with an overview of how Social Learning Spaces emerged from Communities of Practice, this presentation explores how to generate and realise value from collaborative practices that focus on yet-to-be-answered meaningful questions and areas of enquiry. As a significant part of this presentation, Etienne will provide a detailed outline of the eight phases of developing Social Learning Spaces and drawing upon his wide range of experiences in implementing and sustaining such spaces, he will reflect on how it may be effectively implemented in educational settings. His presentation will conclude with a question and answer session where attendees will be encouraged to engage with Etienne to explore how Social Learning Spaces might be harnessed to develop answers to some of the perplexing questions currently facing educators.  


Etienne Wenger-Trayner is a globally recognized thought leader in the field of social learning. He has authored and co-authored seminal books: Situated Learning, where the term “community of practice” was coined; Communities of Practice, which lays out a theory of social learning; Cultivating Communities of Practice, for practitioners in organizations; Digital Habitats, about the use of technology. His more recent books are coauthored with Beverly Wenger-Trayner. Learning in Landscapes of Practice expands the learning theory beyond single communities. Learning to make a difference proposes a new framework for understanding and supporting social learning. Systems Convening describes cross-boundary social learning leadership. Communities of Practice Guidebook provides practical guidance. Etienne is a sought-after consultant. He is also one of the most cited authors in the social sciences and the recipient of two honorary doctorates. To further develop social-learning theory, practice, and leadership, Etienne and Beverly recently founded the Social Learning Lab in Sesimbra, Portugal.

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Date and time

From: Tuesday, September 27, 2022 4:00 PM - QLD time To: Tuesday, September 27, 2022 5:30 PM - QLD time