Developing Communities of Practice for ICT Students in an eLearning Context: A New Zealand Story
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
Senior Lecturer, School of Computing and School of Business, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology