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Nurturing Global Collaboration and Networked Learning in Higher Education

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Research in Learning Technology Volume 24, Number 1, ISSN 2156-7069


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 exploration and evaluation of mobile web tools to engage in participatory curriculum development and supporting students in developing international collaboration and cooperation skills. This article explores the interplay of collaboration and cooperation, CoP and networked learning; describes how this interplay has operated in iCollab; and highlights opportunities and challenges of learning, teaching and interacting with students in networked publics in higher education.


Cronin, C., Cochrane, T. & Gordon, A. (2016). Nurturing Global Collaboration and Networked Learning in Higher Education. Research in Learning Technology, 24(1),. Retrieved July 20, 2019 from .

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