RESPONDING TO ‘NURTURING GLOBAL COLLABORATION AND NETWORKED LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION’

Ab Rashid, Radzuwan (2016) RESPONDING TO ‘NURTURING GLOBAL COLLABORATION AND NETWORKED LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION’. Research in Learning Technology, 24 (31485). pp. 1-3. ISSN 2156-7069 (Printed) 2156-7077 (Online)

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Abstract

The authors created the iCollab for the purpose of networked learning and they claimed that iCollab is based on the principles of Community of Practice (CoP) proposed by Lave and Wenger (1991), Wenger (1998) and Wenger, McDermott and Snyder (2002). In associating CoP with iCollab, the authors talk about the ‘concepts of boundary crossing and brokering’ (p. 4). Other important characteristics of CoP, especially the ‘membership’, the roles of ‘old-timer and newcomers’ and the ‘Legitimate Peripheral Participation (LPP)’, are missing in the discussion. In fact, these are amongst the defining characteristics of a CoP which distinguishes it from other sorts of affiliations. As highlighted by Gee (2005, p. 214), even though Wenger (1998) ‘has tried to be careful in delineating just what is and is not a community of practice’, it has been used by others ‘to cover such a wide array of social forms that [they] may be missing the trees for the forest’. Whilst I acknowledge that iCollab is an innovative approach to learning and a practical model to be applied in other parts of the world, especially in Southeast Asia, I was wondering whether iCollab holds the true spirit of a CoP as the paper does not discuss how iCollab meets the defining characteristics of CoP.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Community of Practice; Networking Learning; Affinity Space; Technology enhanced learning; collaborative learning
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Languages & Communication
Depositing User: DR RADZUWAN AB RASHID
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2016 07:25
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2016 07:25
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/4880

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