Connecting across continents: collaborative learning in a Web 2.0 world

Davis, Kate, Hallam, Gillian, Henry, Katya, Davis, Wendy, Fairbairn, Kysira and Heidelberger, Ellen (2012) Connecting across continents: collaborative learning in a Web 2.0 world. New Library World, 113 9-10: 415-428. doi:10.1108/03074801211273894

Author Davis, Kate
Hallam, Gillian
Henry, Katya
Davis, Wendy
Fairbairn, Kysira
Heidelberger, Ellen
Title Connecting across continents: collaborative learning in a Web 2.0 world
Journal name New Library World   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0307-4803
Publication date 2012-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/03074801211273894
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 113
Issue 9-10
Start page 415
End page 428
Total pages 14
Place of publication Bingley, United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Publishing
Abstract 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). 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. 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. 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.
Keyword Internationalisation
Learning methods
Library and information science education
Library programs
Online education
Web 2.0
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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