Pearly gates, ivory towers and the workplace: developing professional identities through connectivism

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Woodley, Carolyn and Beattie, Scott (2011) Pearly gates, ivory towers and the workplace: developing professional identities through connectivism. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Communication Technologies in Education (ICICTE 2011), Rhodes, Greece, 07-09 July 2011. Fernstrom, Ken and Tsolakidis, Kostas, eds. University of the Aegean, Greece, pp. 482-494.


This discussion explores the impact of space and place on online communities that support workplace learning and the developing legal professional. Metaphors of cyberspace from the 1990s are revisited to examine if the anticipated potential for cyberspace as “a place where we will be freed from the limitation and embarrassment of physical embodiment” (Wertheim, 1999) enhances students’ emerging professional legal identity. Siemens’ (2005) concept of connectivism is useful to consider how Law in Practice at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, might be complemented, multiplied and supported through online communities in a blending of the real and virtual.

Item type Book Section
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ISBN 9781895802504
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Historical > SEO Classification > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Current > Division/Research > Sir Zelman Cowen Centre
Keywords ResPubID24457, learning in the workplace and community, LiWC, work integrated learning, WIL, VU, Law in Practice, Victoria University, Melbourne, law schools, universities, social media, blogging, vocational education, legal education
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