Keeping an anchor watch: Industry partnerships as a basis for learning

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McLoughlin, Catherine E. and Luca, Joe. (2002). Keeping an anchor watch: Industry partnerships as a basis for learning. In A. Williamson, C. Gunn and A. Young (Ed.). Winds of Change in the Sea of Learning: Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of the Australiasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Auckland, New Zealand: UNITEC Institute of Technology. pp. 441 - 449
AuthorsMcLoughlin, Catherine E. and Luca, Joe

On-line forums or bulletin boards provide opportunity and potential for collaborative work, dialogue and study that can increase the flexibility of learning while motivating participants. By enabling peer-to-peer interaction, online bulletin boards can support the essential elements of a learning conversation by providing scope for discussion, dialogue and interaction.

The structure of the bulletin boards used in this investigation were carefully considered, and based on cognitive apprenticeship models of learning, whereby learning is scaffolded by peers and experts. In the particular environment of the study, technology is integral and supportive of the social processes of learning by enabling asynchronous communication. The combination of peer-supported teams and tasks designed for selfdirection supported the key learning outcomes of collaboration, social responsibility and decision-making.

KeywordsChanging work patternsStrategic Basic;--Higher Education;--Industrial and Organisational Psychology;--Social and Community Psychology
PublisherUNITEC Institute of Technology
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Open accessOpen access
Journal citation2, pp. 441 - 449
Page range441 - 449
Research GroupSchool of Education
Place of publicationAuckland, New Zealand
EditorsA. Williamson, C. Gunn and A. Young
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