ERIC Number: EJ1021626
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
Online Teaching Communities within Sociology: A Counter Trend to the Marketization of Higher Education
Palmer, Nathan; Schueths, April M.
Teaching in Higher Education, v18 n7 p809-820 2013
As higher education embraces the ideologies of the market, educators are being asked to teach evermore students with fewer resources. Running counter to the trend of marketization, a decentralized group of educators are taking advantage of Web 2.0 technologies (including Facebook, Twitter, and blogging platforms such as Wordpress, etc.) to collaborate online to share teaching resources, support one another, and improve pedagogy. Open Educational Resources (OERs) are online collections of pedagogical content/media that are freely distributed. In addition to resources, communities of educators are coming together to support one another and provide informal mentoring in what we call Online Teaching Community Networks (OTCNs). We review how OERs and OTCNs are forming within the discipline of sociology to illustrate the potential both have to improve pedagogy and support teachers.
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Commercialization, Web 2.0 Technologies, Teacher Collaboration, Computer Mediated Communication, Social Networks, Educational Resources, Teaching Methods, Educational Improvement, Mentors, Sociology, College Faculty, Higher Education, Open Source Technology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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