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Learning Communities

One of the learning outcomes for this module is to
Develop a learning community for particular research areas. What is a learning community and how does one go about developing one?

A learning community is a group of people working together to increase their mutual knowledge. A related term is a learning organisation; this is an organisation that supports learning and retains knowledge; an organisation that does this has a competitive advantage over those that do not because knowledge is a prime asset. A learning community can be made up from individuals from a range of organisations.

Building a learning community is a key task in knowledge management. Humans have been building learning communities since the dawn of time; it can be done just by discussion with colleagues. More recently, the Internet, and associated technologies, have made it easier to build learning communities at a distance. So, a web site, bulletin board, or a host of tools can be used to help build a learning community.


    From Middlesex's Library
  1. The Digital University-Building a Learning Community (2002). Reza Hazemi and Stephen Hailes (Eds.) Springer
  2. Knowledge Management Tools (1997). Rudy Ruggles III (Ed.) Butterworth-Heinemann
  3. Knowledge Management Strategy and Technology (2002). Richard Bellaver and John Lusa (Eds.) Artech House
    From the Internet