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GSEP Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series Presents Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner

The Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series will host Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner, two pioneers of communities of practice, for a discussion "Learning in Landscapes of Practice: Recent Developments in Social Learning Theory." This event will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in Room 333 at the West Los Angeles Campus. 

In this keynote the Wenger-Trayner's will present recent developments in social learning theory and discuss with the audience their applicability to their work.

Any field of human knowledge can be seen as a landscape of different communities of practice, each one contributing a specific perspective. Learning is then a journey through that landscape with people developing their identity in respect to different practices they encounter, join, visit, ignore, or leave.

Etienne Wenger-Trayner is a globally recognized thought leader in the field of social learning and communities of practice. He has authored and coauthored seminal articles and books on the topic, including Situated Learning, where the term "community of practice" was coined. Beverly Wenger-Trayner is a learning consultant specializing in communities of practice and social learning systems. Her expertise encompasses both the design of learning architectures and the facilitation of processes, activities, and use of new technologies. She has published chapters and articles about learning in internationally distributed communities and coauthored a popular toolkit on social reporting. She has also been the creative director of an Open Source platform for networked communities.

Generously sponsored by Susan and Don Rice, the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series brings leading agents of change to GSEP to discuss the challenges and opportunities in servant-leadership in communities across the world.

Created in 2010, the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series helps support the GSEP mission of educating students to inspire lasting change in their communities and lead lives of service, purpose and leadership.

For more information and to register, please visit the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series Web site.

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