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

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-270
Number of pages10
JournalInnovations in Education and Teaching International
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 25 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Communities of practice
  • Computermediated communication
  • Faculty development
  • Faculty learning communities
  • Hybrid environments
  • Web-based communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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