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Machado, McLaughlin, and Messekher Present on Cross Facilitating Learning Communities Using Technology

Crystal Machado, Professional Studies in Education; Courtney McLaughlin, Educational and School Psychology; and Hayat Messekher, doctoral graduate of the English Composition and TESOL program, presented a paper titled “Technological Facilitation of Fidelity: Cross Disciplinary Collaboration within Higher Education” on May 30, 2012, at the International Higher Education Congress Biennial Convention in West Chester, Pa.

While learning communities are helpful in many regards, little has been documented about cross facilitating learning communities using technologies. The coauthors have established a professional learning community using Wiki and other Web 2.0 technology to (a) scaffold the development of research ideas and (b) collaborate across disciplines in writing projects.

McLaughlin shared the preliminary findings of findings of self-study, coauthored with Machado and Messekher, that has been unfolding over the last eight months. McLauglin described how this technology is being used to reduce the isolation that is generally associated with writing for publication. She also described how this learning community will be used to foster international collaboration, maintain professional fidelity, and provide formative feedback on writing projects.

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