Online Communities and Professional Development Narratives: What Can We Learn from Bloggers?
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Dennen, V. (2010). Online Communities and Professional Development Narratives: What Can We Learn from Bloggers?. In J. Sanchez & K. Zhang (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2010. AACE.
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World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (ELEARN) 2010
Jaime Sanchez & Ke Zhang
This presentation addresses what seemingly casual bloggers who write in a diaristic format – often dismissed as not serious or wasting time – can teach the rest of us about building an online community and engaging in professional development. Data and anecdotes from three ethnographic studies of diaristic blogging communities will be shared with a focus on explaining how these communities benefit their participants and what role narratives play in these benefits. Topics covered include community purpose and norms, informal learning, online-offline knowledge brokering, knowledge management, cognitive apprenticeship, and mentoring. Practical implications will be shared for those looking to create online professional development and/or knowledge sharing communities.
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