Student communities of practice: the role of extra-curricular projects

Thomas Spoor from the Institute for Media and Educational Technology of the German University of Augsburg co-authored a paper and presentation on “Student communities of practice: the role of extra-curricular projects to make informal learning experiences a part of higher education”. The paper follows the general findings of an early investigation of student CoP's (not: student-teacher) and the draft paper can give a three-page outline of their work.

[..] whether or not the project groups can sustain themselves beyond a critical phase, which is usually between the first and third generation of project participants, relies on the way the groups deal with internal as well as external problems. In this regard the project group’s mentor, the access to technical and financial resources and the integration of the project work into the course of study play important roles.

Paper here

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