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Sustainability through Staff Engagement: Applying a Community of Practice Model to Web 2.0 Academic Development Programmes

Sustainability through Staff Engagement: Applying a Community of Practice Model to Web 2.0 Academic Development Programmes
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Author(s): Paul Gormley (National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland), Catherine Bruen (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) and Fiona Concannon (National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 20
Source title: Critical Design and Effective Tools for E-Learning in Higher Education: Theory into Practice
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Roisin Donnelly (Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland), Jen Harvey (Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland) and Kevin O'Rourke (Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-879-1.ch020

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Abstract

In many third-level institutions the innovative potential of technology has not been fully recognised or exploited at a strategic organisational level or embedded in mainstream educational work processes at a micro level. The sustainable integration of effective e-learning practices into higher education establishments remains a major challenge. This chapter discusses the challenges of designing staff development programmes which support the integration of e-learning into higher education by (1) leveraging the affordances presented by Web 2.0 technologies, coupled with (2) utilising a community of practice model to provide a sustainable peer-driven framework to share, support and embed technology-mediated teaching and learning practices. The chapter presents a practical example how a model of staff engagement was implemented within an Irish university, and concludes with suggestions on how others may benefit in considering a similar approach.

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