Community-centred Networks and Networking among Companies, Educational and Cultural Institutions and Research

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This article presents visions for community-centred networks and networking among companies, educational and cultural institutions and research based on blended on- and off-line collaboration and communication. Our point of departure is the general vision of networking between government, industry and research as formulated in the Triple Helix Model (Etzkowitz 2008). The article draws on a case study of NoEL, a network on e-learning among business, educational and cultural institutions and research, all in all 21 partners from all around Denmark. Focus is how networks and networking change character as a result of the modernity. Based on theories on different conceptualizations of networks and networking presented by Castells, 2000-2004; Brown & Duguid 2000; Slevin 2004, which we will discuss in relation to some of the work about communities of practice by Wenger 1998; and ‘technology stewarding’ in Networked Learning, Wenger et al. 2009;
The analysis concerns the participation structure and how the network activities connect local work practices and research, and how technology and online communication contribute to a change from participation in offline and physical network activities into online dynamical networking. We advocate for a network where all nodes not necessarily are equally strong and not participating in the same way. Using Granovetter ́s notions of strong and weak ties, we show how the weak ties can be conducive to networking and how a network can be expanded into multiple networks. Finally, we argue for our vision and plans for the future NoEL; e.g. the importance of stronger online activities. We believe that design must be based on collaborative thinking, which consists of open and collaborative sharing of resources among
participants from companies, institutions and research communities interested in e-learning focus area as part of a larger network, so it is possible with strong clusters and inter-institutional cooperation in the network. Such a structure will make
communication and access to resources and access to activities from partners smoothly for all parties
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelHandbook and abstracts for the seventh International Conference on Networked Learning 2010: a research based conference on networked learning in higher education and lifelong learning : Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Networked Learning 2010
RedaktørerL. Dirckinck-Holmfeld, V. Hodgson, C. Jones, M. de Laat, D. McConnell, T. Ryberg
ForlagUniversity of Lancaster
Publikationsdato2010
Sider232-240
ISBN (Trykt)1862202257
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781862202252
StatusUdgivet - 2010
BegivenhedNetworked Learning Conference 2010 - Aalborg, Danmark
Varighed: 3 maj 20104 maj 2010
Konferencens nummer: 7

Konference

KonferenceNetworked Learning Conference 2010
Nummer7
LandDanmark
ByAalborg
Periode03/05/201004/05/2010

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Konnerup, U., & Dirckinck-Holmfeld, L. (2010). Community-centred Networks and Networking among Companies, Educational and Cultural Institutions and Research. I L. Dirckinck-Holmfeld, V. Hodgson, C. Jones, M. de Laat, D. McConnell, & T. Ryberg (red.), Handbook and abstracts for the seventh International Conference on Networked Learning 2010: a research based conference on networked learning in higher education and lifelong learning : Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Networked Learning 2010 (s. 232-240). University of Lancaster.