The Action Learning (AL) and Action Research (AR) communities around the World are very active and there are many different ways to connect with those communities, including the ALARA Tertiary Education Community and ALARA Facebook site.
We have found that as people begin to network and organise they soon find themselves wanting to organise various events and activities to intensify their community of practice learning. The Research-in-Action Symposium in Melbourne, Victoria was a good example - as are the numerous events of the Brisbane ALARA group and SPIRAL, where groups of members organise local conferences and workshops for themselves and other interested people.
ALARA's goal is to support conferences, workshops, publications, discussion evenings etc. on a regional or interest basis. Support can take the form of encouragement, advice, contacts, seed funds, mail outs and e-mail or website notification. The Association is a potential partner in collaborative action learning or action research or related projects.
ALARA Tertiary Education Community
An online LinkedIn discussion group has been created for students and educators, interested in action learning, action research and related approaches, to connect and learn with each other. There are opportunities for members to post new discussion topics, ask questions of other members, or join in on existing online conversations. To join the group, please click here or search for "ALARA Inc. Tertiary Education Community" in the LinkedIn group directory.
Are you running a unit or subject about participatory learning and research methods in an educational institution? Why not invite the students and peers of that unit/subject to join in on the group discussions. A flyer has been created for you with some information about ALARA, the online LinkedIn community and how you can invite the students/colleagues you work with, to join in on the online discussions. To access a copy, please click here. Previously, ALARA has partnered with Phil Crane and the students at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) about Participatory Action Research (PAR). The students' questions produced increased activity and reflection in the online group.
Are you a student, enrolled in a learning program about collaborative and participatory approaches to learning and research? Why not join in on the online conversations in the ALARA Tertiary Education Community on LinkedIn? There are currently over 120 people LinkedIn to the online group ready to engage in conversations about action learning and action research or aspects of these approaches. A flyer has been created for you with information about ALARA, the online tertiary education community and how you can join in and participate in the online discussions. To access a copy, please click here
ALARA on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube
Have you joined ALARA on its social media sites?
ALARA has a Public Group on Facebook called Action Learning Action Research Association Inc (ALARA). Anyone can see ALARA’s Public Group’s Page and who is member. Only members of the Facebook Group can post, so please consider joining it. (Membership of ALARA does not automatically create membership to the ALARA Facebook Group.)
We also invite you to join us via ALARA's other social media accounts:
Twitter at @alaraevents, where we share action research and action learning resources, using hashtags such as #actionresearch and #actionlearning. We also promote major events on Twitter. The hashtag for the 2015 World Congress is #alara15
Google+ where we share action research and action learning resources
The Facebook Group and other sites aim to promote dialogue on all issues within the Action Learning / Action Research community and networks.
Guidelines for Engagement
Posts must be by real people with real names - handles or character names must not be used.
Posts that are false or malicious and which may harm someone's reputation or the reputation of ALARA or our members are not permitted. This is a professional forum. It is unacceptable to post or send unprofessional, abusive, aggressive, insulting, or otherwise inappropriate messages.
Discussions should be relevant to Action Learning, Action Research and Process Management.
Promotion of products and services, websites promoting such products and services, and business opportunities, and self-promotion of any kind, other than those related to ALARA or its networked organisations, are not permitted.
Discussion items (including links to articles/blogs) should clearly invite group members' response and participation.
Breaches of these rules may result in offending posts being deleted.
We reserve the right to remove a participant from the group at any time if we deem this to be necessary.
ALARA provides the Facebook Pages and other social media forums in good faith to promote discussion amongst practitioners about Action Learning, Action Research and Process Management. Information entered into the Facebook Pages and other forums are the opinions of the authors, and do not represent the views of ALARA, its Management Committee or members. Persons or organisations that do not agree with the content of an entry should respond to the facts of the entry. Persons or organisations may contact ALARA via its website, www.alarassociation.org, to request that a particular entry or series of entries be removed from any of ALARA's social media sites. Such approaches must include the full details of the person making the request (including contact details), details of the offending entry(ies), and the reason(s) for the request before ALARA will be able to investigate the request.
The ALARA Facebook Group has almost 400 members, with @alaraevents on Twitter approaching 100 followers, so please join the conversations.
Action Learning and Action Research Around the World
Those members with their own websites might be interested in providing a link on that website to the ALARA website. To find out more, please see the instructions and logo file (you must be a financial member to open this page).