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Implementing Communities of Practice in Higher Education

Dreamers and Schemers

  • Profiles informative case studies articulating the application of community of practice theory in the international higher education context

  • Addresses the emerging field of social learning leadership within communities of practice including digital, curriculum and student-focused communities

  • Includes practical guidance on establishing and sustaining higher education communities of practice as well as detailed case studies by experienced and successful facilitators

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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Table of contents (28 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xlv
  2. Communities of Practice—Curriculum Development

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 157-157
    2. A Community of Practice for Blended Science and Engineering Learning and Teaching at UniSA

      • Deb Moulton, Paul Corcoran, Patrick James, Pramila Rathore
      Pages 253-280
    3. Sustainability Focused CoP: Enabling Transformative Education

      • Theresa Ashford, Clare Archer-Lean, Graham Ashford, Jane Taylor, Noni Keys, Dana Thomsen et al.
      Pages 281-302
  3. Student Focused Communities of Practice

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 303-303
    2. A Doctoral Community of Practice: A Spatial Entity Across Social Media

      • Jane Davis, Debbie Prescott, Barry Avery, Hans Oberg
      Pages 305-324

About this book

In this edited collection, the authors pick up the communities of practice (CoP) approach of sharing practice in their reflection on the experience of taking their CoP vision from a dream to reality. Their stories articulate the vision, the passion and the challenge of working within and/or changing existing institutional culture and practice. The book discusses strategies that worked and considers the lessons learnt to inspire future dreamers and schemers. The multiple perspectives provided in the case studies will assist higher education leaders, as well as academic and professional staff, in establishing or assessing CoPs. The book offers insights into implementation strategies, practical guidelines and ideas on how CoP theoretical underpinnings can be tailored to the higher education context.

Keywords

  • Communities of Practice
  • Higher Education
  • Social Learning Theory
  • Professional Learning
  • Technology implementation
  • Learning communities
  • learning and instruction

Reviews

“Religious and theological education readers are likely to glean inspiration, ideas, and implementation strategies that contribute to learning with and from one another in today’s isolating yet interconnected world.” (Anne-Marie Ellithorpe, The Wabash Center Journal On Teaching, Vol. 1 (1), 2020)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia

    Jacquie McDonald, Aileen Cater-Steel

About the editors

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 scholarly practice and publications. Since 2006 she has led the successful implementation of communities of practice at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. This initiative was recognised by a 2009 Australian Universities Quality Agency commendation and 2009 Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) citation. She has led a number of institutional and national fellowships and grants in CoP leadership, implementation and research. She has been invited by national and international universities to facilitate workshops and contribute to CoP projects.

Aileen Cater-Steel is a professor of information systems at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). Her research interests include IT service management, IT governance, e-learning, and research supervision. At USQ she facilitates a community of practice for research supervisors. Aileen has led two Australian Research Council Linkage projects in the area of IT service management and is an active researcher in the Australian Centre for Sustainable Business Development. Aileen’s work has been published in many top-tier international academic journals. She has published three edited collections of research articles. Aileen is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society. Prior to her academic career, Aileen held senior IT positions in the public and private sector.


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eBook USD 139.00
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  • ISBN: 978-981-10-2866-3
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  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 179.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 179.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)