Developing Communities of Practice for ICT Students in an eLearning Context: A New Zealand Story

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This paper builds on earlier work by the same author that has investigated issues relating to the building of a community of practice (COP) amongst groups of students studying in an eLearning environment. Earlier work that explored COP literature from the Knowledge Management (KM) domain and that explored the experience of eLearning Practitioners from a wide range of subjects is summarised. This is then built on by exploring the experiences of a range of practitioners using eLearning tools to deliver all or parts of courses in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) subject area in a New Zealand context. An initial model for the development of a COP for students studying ICT in a eLearning mode is developed and is based on the conclusions of this paper.

Keywords: Communities of Practice, eLearning, ICT, Knowledge Management
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Developing Communities of Practice Amongst e-Learning Students

Trevor Nesbit

Senior Lecturer, School of Computing and School of Business, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

Programme Leader for the BICT, BBIE and Graduate Diploma in ICT at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology in New Zealand. Main teaching areas include eBusiness and computer programming. Has completed two double major bachelor degrees majoring in computer science, mathematics, accountancy and operations research, and has completed a masters degree in management. A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand and the New Zealand Computer Society. Recent research interests include "Current Issues in the Design, Development and Implementation of the ICT Curriculum" and "Use of Knowledge Management Concepts in eLearning"

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