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Article of Volume 3, Issue 1, March 2008

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

Author: Bernhard Nett

Abstract: 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.

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

Citation: Nett, B. (2008) A Community of Practice among tutors enabling student participation in a seminar preparation. ijcscl 3 (1)

DOI: 10.1007/s11412-007-9031-3

Preprint: Acrobat-PDF nett_3_1.pdf

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