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UCT

"ACADEMIC GREYBEARDS
AND THE NET
GENERATION"

Derek Smith

1

Traditional

Teaching

Space

The “Wise Guru”

transfers

Information

and

Knowledge

and

Wisdom

2

The Great Unwashed

The Net Generation (born after 1982)
likes……


Digital, Connected, Experiential, Immediate,
Social


Teams, peer
-
to
-
peer


Engagement & experience


Visual


Things that matter




3

(Oblinger,2005)

4

Is anybody actually listening (apart from the guy in the orange t
-
shirt?

Learning

Space

Information

Knowledge

wisdom

?

5

The Net Generation

Academic 1.0

Grey
-
beards aka Baby Boomers

-

Boomers retiring soon

-
Taking their knowledge with them?

WEB 2.0

Learning

Space

6

Web 2.0

New competencies:

Advisor,

Facilitator,

Mentor,

Knowledge manager,

Administrator

Academic 2.0

7

Web 2.0

My

Learning

Space?

8

it is a community I belong to,

not an e
-
mail list


9

I am learning
about a
bleeding edge
topic (Radical
management)


10

Discussing the
subtleties of
an exciting
topic.


11

Connecting

with

alumni and

professional

colleagues


12

Broadening

my

Knowledge.



13


14

Sub
-
communities

My Current
CoP

Initiatives

15


CoPs

16


My Proposal to the SACLA conference

Build a Community of Practice for IT
academics in Southern Africa where:



courseware and research
is shared,
reusable and online and



where
experts

can give advice on
problems

17

18


Developing IT Project Managers

19


~1500 “PM graduates” over 20 years for
commerce and industry


Ongoing shortage of PM expertise in
South Africa


How to fast track to a mastery level?

My Proposal.......

20

Build a common portal for an IT project
manager Community of Practice which
provides connectivity, problem
-
solving,
knowledge sharing, resources and
research output


Communities of Practice.....

21

......are “groups of people who share a concern,
a set of problems, or passion for a topic, and
who deepen their knowledge and expertise in
this area by interacting on an ongoing basis”.



(Wenger et al, 2002)



22


Connect people


Provide a shared context


Enable dialogue


Stimulate learning


Capture knowledge


Provide an information exchange process


Help in problem
-
solving


Generate new knowledge and change



(Cambridge et al, 2005)

A
CoP

can....

A
CoP

fails because....

23


Low facilitator involvement


Irrelevant topics for users


No organisational support



(
Dube

et al, 2005)

What motivates
CoP

members?

24

(
Zboralski
, 2009)

CoPs

Lifecycle

25

Wenger et al,

2002

So we can all belong to many
CoPs

but
they all require a .........

26


Technical architecture that provides a platform for
communication and collaboration


Social architecture of the community to enliven it.

Wenger et al,

2002

PURPOSE

of the
CoP

27


Every community is unique


Each has distinct goals, member
characteristics/needs and purpose



The

Purpose
can be a mixture of:


Develop relationships


Learn and develop practice


Carry out projects


Create new knowledge


UCT Academic Retirees over 10 years

28

Year of retirement
Female
Male
Total
2009
1
13
14
2010
6
10
16
2011
8
17
25
2012
4
15
19
2013
5
20
25
2014
2
30
32
2015
10
11
21
2016
10
12
22
2017
11
19
30
2018
11
27
38
Total
68
174
242
Academic staff as at October 2009

PE and T3 only

includes GOB and non
-
GOB funded

includes clinical
academics

From Judith du
Toit

UCT Strategic Plan 2010
-
2014

29


How can UCT augment its activities to better
answer the pressing social, economic and
developmental problems facing South Africa
and the rest of Africa?


Goal 6: Expanding and Enhancing UCT’s
Contribution to South Africa’s Development
challenges



An Exciting Opportunity for UCT?

30


Offer a “community” service to provide a
broad

CoP

technical architecture

for
communication and collaboration


Use retirees (greybeards) and alumni (net
generation) to build the
social architectures

31

CoPs

hosted by


UCT?

technical architecture

social architectures

Greybeards
supporting

the net generation

Possible Way Forward?

32


Feasibility Study and Business Case for a
CoP

pilot


My commitment to


SACLA and


“project managers in Western Cape”.

Readings

33

Cambridge, D., Kaplan, S. &
Suter
, V. (2005).
Community of Practice Guide: A Step
-
by
-
Step Guide
for Designing & Cultivating Communities of Practice in Higher Education.
Accessed
www.educause.edu

on 8 November 2009.

Debe
, L.,
Bourhis
, A. & Real, J. (2005). The Impact of Structuring Characteristics on the Launching of
Virtual Communities of Practice,
Journal of Organizational Change Management
, 18 (2):
145
-
168.

Oblinger
, D.G. (2005) Educating the Net Gen, Accessed
www.educause.edu/section_params/conf/aascu05/AASCU on 7 May 2009
.

Smith, D.C.,
Brokenshire
, R., Maine, R. &
Maphai
, K. (2006). Using Storytelling to Assess the
Competencies of a Master Project Manager, in
Proceedings of PMSA Conference 2006
, 30
May
-
1 June, Gallagher Estate,
Midrand
.

Wenger, E. McDermott, R. & Snyder, W. (2002).
Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide
to Managing Knowle
dge
, Harvard Business School Press: Boston MA.

Zboralski
,
Katja
. (2009). Antecedents of knowledge sharing in communities of practice.
Journal of
Knowledge Management
, 13(3): 90
-
101
.