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SXSWedu 2013

Communities of Practice in Higher Education

Economic impact is deep and challenging higher education institutions around the globe. A number of training, learning and development projects are being cut, which has spawned a growth of grass-roots initiatives and organizational efforts in our institutions. Higher Ed professionals, faculty, and students have begun to identify professional and personal learning networks (PLNs) to connect, learn, and create in these communities of practice.

This session will discuss how communities of practice and PLNs can impact our campus culture at our institution and beyond. The panel will critically examine the value social capital, digital community engagement, and shared participation within your higher education institution. This group will share practical examples of how to leverage the social infrastructure of the web to create and facilitate wider learning and development opportunities unconstrained by financial obligations, time-frames or geographic locations.

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  1. How can communities of practice and learning networks play a critical role in meeting the challenges of higher education across the globe?
  2. As professional and personal learning networks (PLNs) develop, how can these informal entities support and contribute to the future of higher education?
  3. What are some actionable items and issues that higher education communities of practice can take on both at the local and global level?



Laura Pasquini, Academic Counselor/Doctoral Student, University of North Texas

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  • Tags: social media
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Track: Social and Mobile Learning
  • Session Focus Area
  • Level: Intermediate
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