The Challenge of Introducing “One More Tool”: A Community of Practice Perspective on Networked Learning

  • Patricia ArnoldEmail author
  • John David Smith
  • Beverly Trayner


In this chapter, we share our reflections on the process of introducing a new tool or technology into a learning community. We take a community of practice perspective and look at cases that may not belong to mainstream conversations of networked learning. Introducing a tool is not merely a matter of facilitating its use. Rather, the introduction of new technology or a tool is a contentious issue involving the three structural elements of a community of practice: community, domain, and practice. We ground our reflections in descriptions of two different cases: one is a global community from the agricultural development arena and the other is a degree course in higher education, with students stepping out into the practitioners’ world. These cases are works-in-progress with which we are actively involved. They are chosen to present our reasoning about the introduction of a new technology. Through inviting the reader backstage to engage with that reasoning from a community of practice perspective, we hope to offer a distinct approach to networked learning research.


Network Learning Design Challenge Specialized Platform Practice Perspective High Education Context 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia Arnold
    • 1
    Email author
  • John David Smith
    • 2
  • Beverly Trayner
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Applied Social Sciences, University of Applied SciencesMunichGermany
  2. 2.Learning AlliancesPortlandUSA
  3. 3.IndependentSetúbalPortugal

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