Networked Professional Learning: Emerging and Equitable Discourses for Professional Development

Littlejohn, Allison; Jaidmark, Jimmy; Vrieling-Teunter, Emmy and Nijland, Femke eds. (2019). Networked Professional Learning: Emerging and Equitable Discourses for Professional Development. Research in Networked Learning. Cham: Springer.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-18030-0

Abstract

Over the past decades a new form of professionalism has emerged, characterized by factors of fluidity, instability and continual change, leading to the necessitation of new forms of professional development that support agile and flexible expansion of professional practice. At the same time, the digitization of work has had a profound effect on professional practice. This digitization opens up opportunities for new forms of professional learning mediated by technologies through networked learning. Networked learning is believed to lead to a more efficient flow of complex knowledge and routine information within the organization, stimulate innovative behaviour and result in a higher job satisfaction. In this respect, networked learning can be perceived as an important perspective on both professional and organizational development. This proposed edited volume provides examples of Networked Professional Learning and questions the impact of this emerging form of learning on the academy and interrogates the impact on the teachers of the future. It will feature three sections that explore networked professional learning from different perspectives: questioning what legitimate forms of networked professional learning are across a broad sampling of professions, how new forms of professional learning impact institutions of higher education, and the value creation that Networked Learning offers professionals in broader educational, economic, and social contexts. The book will be of interest to researchers in the area of professional and digital learning, higher education managers, organizational HR professionals, policy makers and students of technology enhanced learning.

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