ERIC Number: ED479614
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Communities of Practice and On-Line Support for Dissemination and Implementation of Innovation.
Stuckey, Bronwyn; Buehring, Anna; Fraser, Sally
New tools, whether developed organizationally, commercially, or within a domain may represent innovation in the workplace and can be part of larger scale reform and change. The focus of this research is on exploring the roster of issues arising as the theory of communities of practice is applied to specific cases of online professional development of teachers and medical practitioners. This paper is a bounded history of two research projects and their advancement to date. The tools "Prodigy," a computerized decision support system and "StageStruck," a performing arts knowledge construction tool are both recognized in their fields as being innovative in both their use of technology and for their potential to improve the practice within the domain. This paper explores the rationale for developing a Web-based communication and resource area to support a community of practitioners in their implementation of these technological innovations. The dialogue explores the demographics, design, and development issues faced by community managers charged with promotion and support of these innovative products. (Contains 23 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Educational Technology, Information Dissemination, Instructional Innovation, Professional Development, Web Sites, World Wide Web
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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