A Community of Practice Model for Introducing Mobile Tablets to University Faculty
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- Drouin, M., Vartanian, L.R. & Birk, S. Innov High Educ (2014) 39: 231. doi:10.1007/s10755-013-9270-3
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We examined the effectiveness of a community of practice (CoP) model for introducing tablets to 139 faculty members at a higher education institution. Using a CoP within a systems model, we used large- and small-group mentorship to foster collaboration among faculty members. Most faculty members agreed that the project was well organized and activities were useful. In terms of measurable outcomes, many participants had developed plans for or completed scholarly activities related to tablets. Our findings support the use of CoP models to integrate technology within higher education. Additionally, they support such integrations as proof of concept for large, whole-campus technology integrations.