Reflections: eLearning Colloquia enhance a Community of Practice
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In this context specific reflection on an annual eLearning Colloquia hosted by the Centre for Innovative Education and Communication Technologies (CIECT) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), in Cape Town, South Africa; the researchers explore how the colloquia contributed to the institutional Community of Practice (CoP). Furthermore, it highlights the shifts in the institutional discourse on blended teaching and learning practices over an eight year period. The paper showcases CIECT’s efforts in driving the effective use of eTools to increase awareness and understanding of concepts such as agency, culture and structure. This awareness is critical in a post-modern Higher Education (HE) setting where the need to create a knowledge-intensive institutional culture exists. The human agents are central to the formation of a sustainable CoP which contributes to effective teaching and learning practices. Secondary data was used for the study and non-probability, purposive sampling resulted in a sample group of 78 individuals comprising of the Instructional Design team as well as the academic staff members at UWC who utilize the institutional Learning Management System or a range of Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) in their teaching and learning practices.