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  • Northwestern University
    MS Learning & Organizational Change, 2009 - 2011
  • Tufts University
    BA International Relations & Spanish, 1990 - 1994
  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
    Tufts in Madrid Program, 1992 - 1993
  • Brookfield East High School
    Wisconsin, 1986 - 1990
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I completed the MS in Learning and Organizational Change program at Northwestern University in December 2011 and am now the Assistant Director of Academic Services for the MSLOC Program.  This means I get to have fun with advising faculty, elearning, social media and other instructional technologies.  I work with faculty and students to co-create a hybrid / blended learning environment that supports the learning goals and creates a strong community, both virtually and face-to-face.

I have the most fun in my role as the community strategist for our social learning Jive Software community that we call The Hive.

As a student my focus was on Knowledge Management / Social Learning. I am particularly interested in ways that individuals and organizations can use social learning/networking platforms to facilitate knowledge sharing.

For most of my career I have worked in the software/tech industry working within the higher education industry (higher education administrative software and academic and research library software).  I consider myself a technology translator who sits between the techies and the end-user. 

My most important job is being a mom of two wonderful young boys who keep me very busy.  My MSLOC Capstone research focused on work-life balance and managing the boundaries between work and family.  In particular, I compared job satisfaction, work-life balance satisfaction and family satisfaction levels between part-time working mothers and full-time working mothers.
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Community Strategist / Assistant Director of Academic Services
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social media, knowledge management, social learning, enterprise social networks, community building, educational technology
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  • Northwestern University MSLOC
    Assistant Director of Academic Services, 2012 - present
  • Northwestern University MSLOC
    Instructional Technology Coordinator, 2009 - 2011
  • Endeavor Information Systems, Inc.
    Global Customer Support Manager, 1999 - 2005
  • PeopleSoft
    Higher Education Regional Sales Specialist, 1997 - 1999
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My posts are usually pretty detailed, researched, and long. I am trying to move to a mode where I'll write shorter posts more regularly on specific topics, questions posed to me, or an aspect of modern workplace learning that...
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Diversity of working out loud topics and the constraints of #ESN design #msloc430 #wol

We’re at the end of day two of our Working Out Loud week within the full M.S. Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) community – about 220 graduate students, staff and faculty. Let me reflect here for a bit on two observations: The diversity of topics…
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An #msloc430 Working Out Loud Week May 4-10 #wol #wolweek #ESN

We’re experimenting. May 4-10 will be working-out-loud week for graduate students in MSLOC 430, the course I teach covering enterprise social networks, work and learning. On Twitter, watch the #msloc430 #wol hashtags. Here’s how we’re set up. The main…
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I created a tagboard that shows all #msloc430 posts across various social media platforms. Can be helpful in managing the online firehose as described in +Maureen Crawford 's recent blog post (http://xplrpln.blogspot.com/2015/01/my-how-to-for-open-and-connected.html). Tagboard gives you a quick snapshot of what is going on - saves time. I'm not sure if it captures posts from within this community but definitely anything on instagram, twitter, outside of community on Google+, Facebook and probably others. Shout out to +Autumm Caines for sharing this tool during #futureed MOOC. 
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Thx Keeley,
I have used Tagboard previously for Twitter but I did not realize that it could pull from so many platforms. This is really useful for MSLOC430 and I will have to try using it in other contexts as well.
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Hello MSLOC430 -

My name is Keeley Sorokti and I live in Chicago, Illinois, USA and work at Northwestern University in Evanston for +MSLOC -- Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University  . It's been interesting reading all of your introductions. I look forward to learning with you over the next few weeks and beyond.

Building community, both online and face-to-face, is my passion. I enjoy connecting people, content and ideas. This extends to my life outside of work as well -- I've been working with leaders in my son's school over the past several years to bring the community closer together and often it doesn't involve technology. Something as simple as creating a school directory so that parents can connect with each other goes a long way!

In my professional life, I work with +Jeff Merrell and the rest of the #MSLOC team and am also an alumna of the program. I took the #msloc430 Creating and Sharing Knowledge class in 2010 and was immediately hooked -- have been exploring social learning, knowledge management and enterprise social networks since then.

My official title is Assistant Director of Academic Services but I think a better title might be Community and Social Learning Strategist. I co-create our constantly evolving learning and community technology strategy which includes designing and managing our online learning community called The Hive, powered by +Jive Software, an enterprise social network tool (with lots of help from Jeff, +Michelle Campbell and +Su Fern Tham). The Hive has enabled students, alumni and faculty to connect and learn together no matter where they live. We see many benefits to using technology that our students and faculty may use at work rather than typical higher education tools. We want our students to become social leaders in their own organizations and are providing a safe space for them to improve their digital literacy skills and find their online voices and identities (or at least that is the goal).

Our community strategy extends outside of our internal community, so I also help manage the MSLOC social media accounts (@NU_MSLOC on twitter, Facebook, etc.)  In addition, I advise our faculty (mostly adjuncts who are senior learning and organizational change professionals) and others who do community management in The Hive about how to leverage technology to create engaging learning experiences and become comfortable with social collaboration tools. All of this is a work in progress so we experiment and keep evolving the ways that we learn together. The current project we are working on is moving off of Blackboard to Northwestern's new learning management system (LMS), Canvas. We are taking this opportunity to redesign the way we deliver course content, using the LMS for its strengths and Jive Software (ESN) for its strengths.

I am particularly interested in the ways that community managers within enterprise social networks and other social tools can support informal, self-directed learning and knowledge sharing (or at least view their work through this learning and development lens). Recently I've been paying more attention to and started participating in the work of The Community Roundtable - http://www.communityroundtable.com/. I would like to dig deeper into the ways that community managers and strategists can design and facilitate online communities in order to build communities of inquiry (CoI) - https://coi.athabascau.ca/coi-model/. The CoI model has typically been used to design classes / learning communities led by instructors but I think it is interesting to start applying it to online communities powered by ESNs that may include formal learning but extend beyond that. Just initial thoughts forming on this so far...

I become energized by connecting with others within and outside of higher education who are also exploring innovative ways to facilitate learning, development and knowledge sharing. At the 2014 Jive Software user group meeting called JiveWorld, I met many learning and development and knowledge management professionals and we've been sharing our ESN learning use cases with each other. What was apparent at that meeting is the huge opportunity available to learning practitioners to have a seat at the table in the ESN strategy development, implementation and ongoing care and feeding of the community. At JiveWorld I discovered that Jive customers are using this ESN platform for learning and development in various ways but many organizations are still very centered in the use of the learning management system (LMS) and are working on figuring out a way to integrate the more formal learning platforms with the informal learning that can happen in a social collaboration system. This was a very small sample of people/organizations at JiveWorld so I am curious to hear from others about how this is playing out in your own organizations. Check out the Jive community Learning group if you are interested in reading about some of the use cases: https://community.jivesoftware.com/groups/learning/blog/2014/10/29/what-are-learning-use-cases-in-your-jive-community-what-role-does-or-could-jive-play-in-your-learning-design

I look forward to learning together over the next several weeks and beyond. You can find me online here:

@sorokti on Twitter

Gather with Purpose blog: https://gatherwithpurpose.wordpress.com/ (mostly a place I've used for writing while I've been in various MOOCs and #xplrpln )

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The value of happy accidents does not only come from allowing space for chance and trusting the uni-verse. We must also be able to creatively find connections among events and ideas and meet surprises with delight. Learn how to harness the power of serendipity in your life. #creativity #ClimbYourOwnLadder #innovation http://krstn.co/1ITrVZ2
The value of happy accidents does not only come from allowing space for chance and trusting the uni-verse. We must also be able to creatively find connections among events and ideas and meet surprises with delight. Learn how to harness the power of serendipity in your life.
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What does school mean to you? Congrats to #Chicago Beaubien Elementary student, Austin, for winning 1st place in the Speak Truth to Power human rights campaign national filmmakers competition with this video about #Malala Yousafzai.

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I have recently joined the open section of #MSLOC 430 - a graduate course in the Master's Program in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University. This is the first week and I am absolutely looking forward to...
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