A Community of Practice among tutors enabling student participation in a seminar preparation



Educators who are prepared to make use of CSCL can find themselves restricted in their space for maneuvering regarding educational innovation. As a supportive context can be very important for them, the study presented here describes and analyzes a related case of a Community of Practice (CoP) among tutors contributing to the development and conduction of an educational in situ experiment. The paper describes the emergence of the CoP, its dissolving impact on limiting context factors and the empowerment of student participation in a MOO-mediated preparation of a Computer and Law seminar. It shows that a CoP among tutors can be beneficial for educational innovation and is a promising model to support the implementation of CSCL.


Learning Collaboration Computer support Communities of Practice MOOs Seminar Organization Educational Innovation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Informationstechnik FITSankt AugustinGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Informatik und Gesellschaft Abteilung 1: Modellbildung und soziale Folgen Friedrichstr.FreiburgGermany

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