Connecting across continents : collaborative learning in a Web 2.0 world

Davis, Kate, Hallam, Gillian, Henry, Katya, Davis, Wendy, Fairbairn, Kysira, & Heidelberger, Ellen (2012) Connecting across continents : collaborative learning in a Web 2.0 world. New Library World, 113(9/10), pp. 415-428.

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Purpose – The article aims to review a university course, offered to students in both Australia and Germany, to encourage them to learn about designing, implementing, marketing and evaluating information programs and services in order to build active and engaged communities. The concepts and processes of Web 2.0 technologies come together in the learning activities, with students establishing their own personal learning networks (PLNs).

Design/methodology/approach – The case study examines the principles of learning and teaching that underpin the course and presents the students' own experiences of the challenges they faced as they explored the interactive, participative and collaborative dimensions of the web.

Findings – The online format of the course and the philosophy of learning through play provided students with a safe and supportive environment for them to move outside of their comfort zones, to be creative, to experiment and to develop their professional personas. Reflection on learning was a key component that stressed the value of reflective practice in assisting library and information science (LIS) professionals to adapt confidently to the rapidly changing work environment.

Originality/value – This study provides insights into the opportunities for LIS courses to work across geographical boundaries, to allow students to critically appraise library practice in different contexts and to become active participants in wider professional networks.

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ID Code: 60003
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Web 2.0, Online education, HERN, Learning methods, Library programs, Library and information science education, Internationalisation
DOI: 10.1108/03074801211273894
ISSN: 0307-4803
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
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