Nurturing global collaboration and networked learning in higher education

Catherine Cronin, Thomas Cochrane, Averill Gordon

Abstract

We consider the principles of communities of practice (CoP) and networked learning in higher education, illustrated with a case study. iCollab has grown from an international community of practice connecting students and lecturers in seven modules across seven higher education institutions in six countries, to a global network supporting the exploration and evaluation of mobile web tools to engage in participatory curriculum development and supporting students in developing international collaboration and cooperation skills. This article explores the interplay of collaboration and cooperation, CoP and networked learning; describes how this interplay has operated in iCollab; and highlights opportunities and challenges of learning, teaching and interacting with students in networked publics in higher education.

Keywords: communities of practice; networked learning; collaboration; cooperation; social media; mobile social media

(Published: 1 March 2016)

Citation: Research in Learning Technology 2016, 24: 26497 - http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/rlt.v24.26497

Keywords

communities of practice; networked learning; collaboration; cooperation; social media; mobile social media

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