Virtual Learning Communities: A Guide for Practitioners available in Paperback
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This includes:·continuous professional development courses for general practitioners, social workers, teachers, lecturers
·students on the rapidly increasing number of e-learning programmes
·staff developers and project workers seeking to facilitate professional groups online
·those in the voluntary sector
It will be relevant to practitioners in a range of professional fields who are interested in collaborating in virtual environments.
Virtual Learning Communities provides practical guidance on effective practice in initiating, establishing and sustaining successful learning communities. It includes extensive examples, case studies and activities. The book is based on the authors' practical experiences of facilitating and participating in a range of communities in a wide range of sectors including: education, health and the manufacturing sectors.
Virtual learning communities are becoming increasingly important as professional workers in the knowledge economy seek new and effective ways of improving performance in the workplace. The use of information technology and particularly the Internet mean that these people can meet in a virtual space at a time, place and pace to suit their busy professional lives. This book provides guidance on establishing and participating in effective learning communities including collaborative approaches to problem solving, constructing new knowledge and understandingand using learning technologies to disseminate this learning.
About the Author
Barbara Allan is a Senior Lecturer in Student and Management Learning in the Business School and Deputy Director of the Centre for Management and Organisational Learning at the University of Hull. Her previous experience includes managing academic and workplace libraries, and working as an independent researcher, trainer and author. Her research interests include independent learning to online communities of practice.
Table of ContentsList of figures
List of tables
List of boxes
Introduction to learning communities
Models of learning communities
Virtual communication tools and meeting environments
Chapter 4 The community lifecycle: Foundation and induction phases
The community lifecycle: Incubation phase
Chapter 6 The community lifecycle: Improving performance, implementation, closure or change phases
Chapter 7 Community participation
Chapter 8 Social learning in virtual learning communities
Time and participation in virtual learning communities
Working in partnership