D R A F T Notes from John/Phil working meeting.

The 2011 Purpose of the Knowledge Management (KM) Community of Practice (CoP) is to investigate what KM should be taught. The 2011 effort is a continuation of the KM Education Forum (KMEF) Phases 1 (Spring 2011 Webinars) and 2 (On Site Event) investigating Question 3: "What are the core and elective elements of a knowledge management curriculum for the 21st century?"

During the Webinars and the On Site Event, the participants began to recoginize that whle KM is a multidiscipinary degree and previously thought it should be introduced at the graduate level, KM education needs and opportunities are broader. [See the 2011 Communique for some areas of consensus documented.)

2011 Purpose

Accordingly, the initial participants of the Curriculum CoP suggest broadening the curriculums topic - What models of possible KM education approaches reveal insight into general/specific KM education needs and curriculums?

Postulated 2011 Additional Questions

  • For what categories/level of education do curriculums need to be addressed?(Certificate, Bachelors, Graduate?) What categories will the KM Curriculum CoP try to address?
  • Are the sujbects/topics for a knowledge worker ("Universal" {function}) and the KM practice worker similar or different?(Is one a subset of the other?)
  • What are education needs for KM Specialities? (Do they vary by category/level?) (How can they be met?) (What, if any, additional education/training to Business Aligned functional people need to be able to implement them?)
  • What framework will be inclusive, extensible and supportive of new and current students learning goals?
The most important result for 2011 is to identify where a consensus exists on this topic among KM academicians, industry, professional associations and students. Without a consensus, we will have produced yet another recommendation that will not help us to move forward.
Starting With A Working Framework

The core and elective elements includes all forms of education and training that are needed to (1) support current and future KM roles, functions and responsibilities, and (2) are aligned with KM competencies. This means all forms of learning - from informal activities which have "continuing enrichment value" (a la Doug Weidner's comment) to those which carry formal traditional academic credit. The "curriculum" content does not need to be only what is offered in a formal academic setting. This CoP is a bridge, though, between the first two CoPs - focusing on "what we do each day" to "what competencies enable us to do that well" - and the fourth CoP which looks at formal delivery and acknowledgement mechanisms (credit, credentialing, certificates, etc.).
My suggestion is that we start with a generic framework while we are waiting for the other CoPs to move forward. We can assess what is currently out there now and try to find a framework that is inclusive of what people are teaching and learning today. Because this is already a practical profession, we need to start by looking at what is - and end by finding a consensus around what is. Then we can tackle what should be as a parallel step. Two other things to keep in mind about the Framework that emerges and is recommended: (1) it needs to be extensible - this is a dynamic profession; and (2) students need to be able to "design" a professional career path from offerings.
A year ago, we did a major survey of all the KM programs, individual courses, professional certificate programs, published papers of others' surveys, and also internal organization conceptual models. We ended up with a . Against that framework, we were able to map every workshop, seminar, training event, master class, and traditional course that was recommended. Two sources were of greatest influence in constructing this framework - Dr. Robert Nielsen's CKO Competency model and Dr. Michael Stankosky's Four Pillar Strategy. We found, though, that both needed to be supplemented with some of the new KM areas of focus.

Potential 2011 Plan

  • Deliverables
  • Timeline
    • July-August 2011: Scoping the problem; identifying topical leads; initial topical information gathering results and additional questions
    • September 2011: Presentations (possible KEMF open webinars) to KM Curriculem CoP
    • TBR
    • TBD
    • November 2011: Interim Briefing to KMEF Community (CoP Charterweb page expectations)
    • Suggesed Questions for 2012 (CoP Charterweb page expectations)
    • November-December 2011: Summary results and Draft Communique
    • Mid-February 2012: 2011 KM Curriculum CoP Communique

Suggested Scope Commitments/Limitations

  • Identified deliverables will be the level of consensus detail for 2011. Addtiional investigative or background information may be presented; however, focus of atttention will be on first level results.
  • Curriculum suggestions for the most part will be subject or topical. Components of such "courses" will not necessarily be addressed in 2011.´╗┐