The Internet, ICT’s, Learning and Communities of Practice

By George G. Klemic and Roger Goodson.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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The authors thwarted attempts to engage other university faculty in the use of E-learning tools used to extend and augment face-to-face classroom experiences of students led to the their use of Tapped-In, a free, on-line venue for synchronous and asynchronous academic discussion and information sharing. Substantive high-quality feedback was secured from Tapped-in participants who helped to identify and define barriers to faculty learning and effective use of various online learning tools. The participants also assisted the authors in identification and explication of elements for success, belief, behaviors, and practices related to E-learning. Information received from these de facto focus groups led to recommendations involving the use of a community of practice (COP) approach to facilitate faculty learning. A literature search revealed suggestions concerning E-learning theory, practice and tools for the enhancement of learning of 21st century students.

Keywords: Faculty Resistance, On-line Discussion, Communities of Practice, Facilitation of Faculty Learning, Tapped-in

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.39-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.583MB).

Dr. George G. Klemic

Assistant Professor, College of Business, Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois, USA

George Klemic has a Doctorate in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. He is a long-time management practioner, turned academic. Formerly Undergraduate Business Chair and Dean at Notre Dame de Namur University in California; currently Assistant Professor at Lewis University in Illinois. Varied research interests- self-directed teams, social capital, on-line learning, non-classroom activities to enhance learning, assessment of student learning outcomes.

Roger Goodson

Professor, School of Business and Management, Notre Dame de Namur University, USA

Roger M. Goodson, Ed.D. Holds a doctorate in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University. He has taught at several institutions of higher education including: Southern New Hampshire University, University of San Francisco, University of North London’s Business Studies Program, UK. Roger currently teaches management studies at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA. His academic and research interests lie in organizational learning, learning technologies, innovation and online learning. He has been designing and teaching hybrid/blended and full online courses for the past decade. Roger offers a monthly online learning and teaching forum at Tapped In, an online forum for practicing and training educational professionals.