Exploring online learning for intersecting communities of practice

Mackey, Julie and Evans, Terry D. 2012, Exploring online learning for intersecting communities of practice, International journal of web based communities, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 486-503.

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Title Exploring online learning for intersecting communities of practice
Author(s) Mackey, Julie
Evans, Terry D.
Journal name International journal of web based communities
Volume number 8
Issue number 4
Start page 486
End page 503
Total pages 18
Publisher Inderscience Enterprises
Place of publication Geneva, Switzerland
Publication date 2012-09
ISSN 1741-8216
1477-8394
Keyword(s) communities of practice
online learning communities
professional learning
Summary The article reports on some research from a larger project into the connections between online learning communities and communities of practice for teachers’ professional learning. The research was conducted in Aotearoa New Zealand within a university graduate diploma programme on ICT education that is provided entirely online. The research reported here explores the experiences of 15 teachers as they studied the GradDipICTEd programme while working as professionals in their school contexts. The findings indicate that online educators working on professional development courses need to work imaginatively in their curricula and pedagogies to enable learners’ reflexive movements between their online and professional communities. This benefits, not only the students as professionals, but also their professional communities of practice. Furthermore, by so doing, the courses provide for productive relationships between educational institutions and related professional bodies.
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio Economic Objective 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30048356

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