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Limitations of an established community of practice in developing online innovation

Smith, Peter, Barty, Karin and Stacey, Elizabeth 2005, Limitations of an established community of practice in developing online innovation, in ODLAA 2005 : Breaking down boundaries: international experience in open, distance and flexible education. Proceedings of the 17th ODLAA conference, ODLAA, [Adelaide, S. Aust.], pp. 1-6.

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Title Limitations of an established community of practice in developing online innovation
Author(s) Smith, Peter
Barty, Karin
Stacey, Elizabeth
Conference name Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia. Conference. (17th: 2005: Adelaide, S. Aust.)
Conference location Adelaide, S. Aust.
Conference dates 9-11 Nov. 2005
Title of proceedings ODLAA 2005 : Breaking down boundaries: international experience in open, distance and flexible education. Proceedings of the 17th ODLAA conference
Editor(s) Tulloch, M.
Publication date 2005
Conference series Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia Conference
Start page 1
End page 6
Publisher ODLAA
Place of publication [Adelaide, S. Aust.]
Summary This research was undertaken to explore the effectiveness of an already established community of practice among staff at a small rurally-based training organisation as a vehicle through which to develop innovative practice in online collaboration and learning. The research was situated within that ongoing innovation, and used interview and observational techniques to generate the research data from staff and management personnel. Substantial limitations to using an already existing community of practice to develop innovative practice were shown in the research. Development of new behaviours was substantially inhibited by the power of already established behaviours and practices. Additionally, lack of sufficient experience among community members in online technologies was a further barrier to effective and orderly development. The research indicates that the achievement of innovative practice through communities of practice within existing workplaces may best be served by the strategic development of members of those communities, focusing on change from already established behaviours, and by ensuring a mix of skill and experience to support and lead less experienced participants.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2005, ODLAA. Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright holder.
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005696

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