ERIC Number: EJ894403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
Toward "Hybridised" Faculty Development for the Twenty-First Century: Blending Online Communities of Practice and Face-to-Face Meetings in Instructional and Professional Support Programmes
Brooks, Catherine F.
Innovations in Education and Teaching International, v47 n3 p261-270 Aug 2010
This manuscript begins with a synthesis of research on communities, communities of practice (CoPs), and the potential for their development in online forums, while specifically discussing the value of virtual CoPs for educational professionals in higher education. Working within constructivist and sociocultural frameworks, this manuscript addresses how online forums for faculty support can be beneficial in ways distinct from face-to-face environments. Further, this paper presents an argument for the hybridisation of faculty development by suggesting that online forums for collegial interaction are viable and culturally sensitive complements to traditional face-to-face faculty support, socialisation, and mentoring programmes. In conclusion, resources that can assist in designing a hybrid model of faculty development are offered.
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Computer Mediated Communication, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Blended Learning, Educational Innovation, Technology Integration, Online Courses, Electronic Learning
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Cited: ED544210