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Developing a Community of Practice to Support Academics Engaging in Distributed Scholarship

Perry, R. and Robson, L. (2017). Developing a Community of Practice to Support Academics Engaging in Distributed Scholarship. In: Proceedings of the 11th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, IATED pp. 2272–2281.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.21125/inted.2017.0659
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Abstract

We coin the term ‘distributed scholarship’ to describe scholarship conducted by academic staff outside their institution’s principle physical location. Distributed working is becoming increasingly common (Chatterton and Goddard, 2000). Whilst this way of working may provide autonomy and flexibility for distributed academics, a distinct disadvantage is of working in isolation where there may be missed opportunities for collaboration and sharing of knowledge or expertise, particularly when engaging in scholarship (McKinney 2006, McKinney 2012).

The SHARE project was set up at the Open University to address these issues. In the first instance it was able to determine the level and type of scholarship being conducted by distributed academics through a cross-faculty survey. These findings led the SHARE project to develop a community of practice, both online and face to face, for knowledge exchange, and providing opportunities for peer-to-peer networking. In building a community of practice for distributed scholarship the ‘joining up’ of scholarship activities can be of benefit to both the individual and institution as a whole.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
ISBN: 84-617-8491-X, 978-84-617-8491-2
ISSN: 2340-1079
Extra Information: Presented at 11th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain, 6-8 Mar 2017.
Keywords: scholarship; community of practice; higher educational institutions; peer-to-peer networking; online communities
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 52918
Depositing User: Linda Robson
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2018 11:33
Last Modified: 01 May 2019 13:58
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/52918
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