Knowledge exchange in the social cloud: New pathways for professional updating in conservation

Bring your mobile devices, smartphones, pads, laptops, cameras to engage in storytelling with a purpose: using social media to move to action in professional updating for conservation. The session will produce multimedia portable presentations, useful as training resources and as social postcards from the World Conservation Forum. We will encounter examples of excellent networked knowledge sharing, and identify key elements of quality in multimedia conservation training.

This session is intended for conservation leaders with an interest in transfer of knowledge, specifically to develop leadership capacity for conservation programs. It will provide practical exposure to methods for organizing knowledge to fit needs-based learning strategies and varying cultural perspectives, including hands-on experience with capturing expertise using simple video/audio tools, aligned to user needs. Distribute expertise online and via social networks. Help practitioners align learning strategies in practical ways that affect conservation issues, with assessable outcomes. Move to action by building an alliance to apply this knowledge for the IUCN program.

The half-day interactive session will cover three core areas:
1. Linking needs to knowledge: We will articulate, with group interaction, how multiple learning resources and opportunities can be linked to form a complete learning experience.
2. Aligning science and policy with human motivators: Match what scientists/policymakers say is important to stakeholder perceptions, then produce short videos integrated with slides and links to additional resources, using simple, low-cost tools.
3. Moving to action: Identify whether learning goals have been met, and how learning strategies may be improved. Use online collaborative tools to share results and dialog. Demonstrate how online social networks can support communities of practice in conservation, with particular focus on professional updating.

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