Collaborations as Channel for Innovative Practices
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Lee, Y.S. & Piong, T.W. (2010). Collaborations as Channel for Innovative Practices. In Z. Abas et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Global Learn 2010 (pp. 875-880). AACE.
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Institutional implementation of e-learning normally engages various top-down strategies to promote its adoption amongst academic staff. These strategies are effective in bringing in the majority of the faculty to adopt e-learning. However, there still exists a chasm between its potential and its actual usage. The reason being the affordances of technology are not completely utilized to attain pedagogical changes. The majority of the adopters are using e-learning to replicate existing practices. Collaborative works between learning technologists and the academic staff could bridge this pedagogical chasm. These collaborations occur through informal social networks where both parties are mutually engaged in an enterprise to innovate on the existing use of technology. The outcome of the collaborations depends greatly on the intensity of the mutual engagements between the collaborators. Successful collaborations are able to bridge silos that exist between departments in an environment where inter-departmental politics could easily stifle such developments.
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