Communities Of Practice: Facilitating Social Learning In Higher Education by Jacquie McdonaldCommunities Of Practice: Facilitating Social Learning In Higher Education by Jacquie Mcdonald

Communities Of Practice: Facilitating Social Learning In Higher Education

byJacquie McdonaldEditorAileen Cater-steel

Paperback | April 30, 2018

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In this book about communities of practice in the international, higher education sector, the authors articulate the theoretical foundations of communities of practice (CoPs), research into their application in higher education, leadership roles and how CoPs sustain and support professional learning. Research demonstrates that communities of practice build professional and personal links both within and across faculty, student services and administrative and support units. This book describes how community of practice members may be physically co-located and how social media can be used to connect members across geographically diverse locations. It positions higher education communities of practice within the broader community of practice and social learning literature, and articulates the importance of community of practice leadership roles, and the growing focus on the use of social media for community of practice implementation.  The multiple perspectives provide higher education leaders, academic and professional staff with the means to establish, or reflect on existing CoPs, by sharing insights and critical reflections on their implementation strategies, practical guidelines and ideas on how community of practice's theoretical underpinnings can be tailored to the higher education context.

Jacquie McDonald has worked with higher education academics designing online and distance-learning courses and professional learning programs for over 25 years. Her experience and research demonstrate the value of communities of practice (CoP) in building the social learning and teaching capacity of educators, and contributing to schol...
Title:Communities Of Practice: Facilitating Social Learning In Higher EducationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:622 pagesPublished:April 30, 2018Publisher:Springer NatureLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9811097283

ISBN - 13:9789811097287


Table of Contents

Part 1 Theoretical underpinnings informing Communities of Practice.- 1 What is a Community of Practice?.- 2 Social Learning in Higher Education: A Clash of Cultures?.- 3 Faculty Learning Communities & Community of Practice: Dreamers, Schemers, and Seamers.- 4 Using Communities of Practice to internationalise HEd: Practical and strategic considerations.- 5 Delivering institutional priorities in learning and teaching through a social learning model: Embedding a high impact community of practice initiative at the University of Tasmania.- 6 Creating and Facilitating Communities of Practice in Higher Education: Theory to Practice in a Regional Australian University.- Part II Research of Higher Education Communities of Practice.- 7 Facilitation of social learning in teacher education: The 'Dimensions of Social Learning Framework'.- 8 Communities of practice in community-university engagement: Supporting co-productive resilience research & practice.- 9 Promoting a community of practice through collaborative curriculum reform in a university business school.- 10 Reflections on the Emergence and Evolution of a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Community of Practice within a Research-Intensive Higher Education Context.- 11 Building a Faculty-Centric Virtual Community of Practice (vCOP) within the Post-Secondary Education Environment: A Systems Approach Framework.- 12 Enhancing the impact of research and knowledge co-production in Higher Education through communities of practice.- Part III Leadership in Higher Education Communities of Practice.- 13 Mediating Role of Leadership in the Development of Communities of Practice.- 14 Revealing the Nexus between Distributed Leadership and Communities of Practice.- 15 The Leadership Link: A hybrid Professional Learning Network for Learning and Teaching Leaders.- 16 The road less travelled: A conversation between for communities of practice facilitators about their experiences, learning and professional outcomes from the role.- 17 Facilitating a Community of Practice in Higher Education: A Case Study.- 18 The role of Higher Education in regional economic development through small business CoPs.- 19 Teacher educators' critical reflection on becoming and belonging to a community of practice.- Part IV Communities of Practice Sustaining Professional Learning and Development.- 20 Making an Impact: Utilising Faculty Learning Communities to Enhance Teaching and Learning.- 21 "The Faculty/Faculty Conundrum": Organizing Faculty Learning Communities to Support "Singular" and "Plural" Faculty Development.- 22 Catalyst: Developing a Community of Practice for Supporting New Academics.- 23 Where's my parking permit? Bringing new staff together as a learning community.- 24 CoPs: Enhancing quality learning and teaching with sessional staff.- 25 Communities of practice and negotiation of meaning among pre-service teachers.- 26 Forums, Fellowship and Wicked Problems in Teaching.- 27 From project to permanence: Growing inter-institutional collaborative teams into long-term, sustainable communities of practice.- 28 From dream to reality. Sustaining a higher education community practice beyond initial enthusiasm.