Online Community of Practice (CoP) as a collectivist learning tool for a culturally diverse postgraduate student group

Ryan, Charmaine and Gururajan, Vijaya (2006) Online Community of Practice (CoP) as a collectivist learning tool for a culturally diverse postgraduate student group. In: IADIS International Conference e-Society 2006 (IADIS 2006), 13-16 July 2006, Dublin, Ireland.

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Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals that many overseas students were enrolled in Australian Tertiary education in 2004, indicating 8.6% increase in overseas students from 2003. While higher education institutions, typically universities, are increasingly reliant on fee paying students, academics are struggling to meet the educational needs of an increasingly diverse student group. Many students’ educational experience involved teaching and learning method and assessment expectations considerably different to that expected at Australian universities, especially at the post-graduate level. This, in turn, requires a different approach to teaching and learning to assist them to be able to succeed in what is a new and foreign educational environment. This study reports the use of an online Community of Practice (CoP) and group assessment to both support Asian students’ transition from one educational system to another as well as continuing to meet the needs of western educated students. Results to date are very encouraging.

Keywords: Assessment, Cultural Diversity, Communities of Practice, Learning Groups, Plagiarism, Academic misconduct

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2009 01:24
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: Knowledge Management, Community of Practice, Learning groups
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080699 Information Systems not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified

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