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Cronin, Catherine; Cochrane, Thomas; Gordon, Averill – Research in Learning Technology, 2016
We consider the principles of communities of practice (CoP) and networked learning in higher education, illustrated with a case study. iCollab has grown from an international community of practice connecting students and lecturers in seven modules across seven higher education institutions in six countries, to a global network supporting the…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Global Approach, International Cooperation, Higher Education
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Cochrane, Thomas; Antonczak, Laurent; Keegan, Helen; Narayan, Vickel – Research in Learning Technology, 2014
Moving innovation in teaching and learning beyond isolated short-term projects is one of the holy grails of educational technology research, which is littered with the debris of a constant stream of comparative studies demonstrating no significant difference between innovative technologies and traditional pedagogical approaches. Meanwhile, the…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Instructional Innovation, Creative Teaching, Teaching Methods
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Cochrane, Thomas; Buchem, Ilona; Camacho, Mar; Cronin, Catherine; Gordon, Averill; Keegan, Helen – Research in Learning Technology, 2013
Within the background where education is increasingly driven by the economies of scale and research funding, we propose an alternative online open and connected framework (OOC) for building global learning communities using mobile social media. We critique a three year action research case study involving building collaborative global learning…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Communities of Practice, Criticism, Social Networks
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Cochrane, Thomas; Narayan, Vickel – Research in Learning Technology, 2013
This article evaluates the use of a community of practice model for redesigning a lecturer professional development course investigating the impact of mobile web 2.0 technologies in higher education. The results show a significant change in lecturer conceptions of pedagogy were achieved by this approach. Drawing on our experience of two iterations…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Web 2.0 Technologies, Influence of Technology, Instructional Effectiveness
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Cochrane, Thomas – Research in Learning Technology, 2012
Having implemented and evaluated over 35 mlearning projects in a variety of contexts in higher education over the past 6 years the researcher is ready to share the untold secret: not all mlearning projects succeed! This article critiques three of the researcher's mlearning projects that can be classed as "failures" and compares them to successful…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Action Research, Participatory Research, Program Design