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Rethinking e-learning support strategies

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This paper discusses an e-learning support team model developed as part of a new e-learning strategy within a tertiary education polytechnic. Based upon a community of practice model, the e-Team supports the establishment of e-learning and m-learning (mobile learning) throughout the institution as a catalyst for the adoption of social constructivist pedagogy. The paper reviews and reflects upon the impact of strategies for creating and supporting communities of practice across the institution along with the ways this model is achieving the breaking down of the barriers to ‘e’ and ‘m’ learning adoption among lecturers. This model helped to move lecturers from non-engagement to legitimate peripheral participation and onto full participation within the institution’s e-learning community, and ultimately enabling social constructivist learning environments for students. This model based on a community of practice framework for e-learning support is potentially transferable to other educational contexts.

Keywords: communities of practice; e-learning; professional development

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Centre for Learning And Teaching, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand 2: Te Puna Ako, Unitec, Auckland, New Zealand

Publication date: 2013-09-01

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