International Handbook of Education for the Changing World of Work

pp 1687-1698

Collaborative Work-Related Learning and Technology-Enhanced Learning

  • Alan BrownAffiliated withInstitute for Employment Research, University of Warwick
  • , Jenny BimroseAffiliated withInstitute for Employment Research, University of Warwick
  • , Sally-Anne BarnesAffiliated withInstitute for Employment Research, University of Warwick

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One area of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) that has been increasing in importance has been work-related learning that is grounded in practice at the workplace. Within that area, two significant strands can be identified: collaborative learning and technology-enhanced learning. This chapter will provide examples of substantive collaborative work-related learning and continuing professional development and examine how some forms of technology-enhanced learning, particularly in relation to the development and use of social software, are further enriching collaborative work-related learning and development. The first example of collaborative work-related learning is drawn from the experience of inter-organizational learning in manufacturing supply-chain networks. The second example is of a guidance network that illustrates the use of social software to support the development of a ‘community of interest’ of careers guidance practitioners, policy-makers and researchers.