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How to Leverage Virtual Learning Communities for Teaching Agile Communication Skills? The eGroups Case at the University of Münster in Germany and Massey University in New Zealand

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  • Additional Information
    • Contributors:
      Christina vom Brocke
    • Publication Information:
      Hong Kong Bao Long Accounting & Secretarial Limited
    • Collection:
      Directory of Open Access Journals
    • Abstract:
      Global business life nowadays is marked by quickly evolving forms of cooperation. These are often set in virtual space where various members from different countries are brought together in order to collaborate. This trend calls for specific abilities in communication that respond to the challenges evoked by the ever evolving and newly forming nature of international virtual project teams. In this paper, these abilities are called “agile communication skills”. The paper reports on the conceptualisation and implementation of a Virtual Learning Community (VLC) in a longitude study designed to foster so-called “agile communication skills”. Our research presents an approach where VLCs are used in order to create authentic evolving cooperations between students. For this matter internet technology seemed to prove as a key enabler. However, the mere use of technology does not suffice on its own. We, thus, identified design principles of VLCs that appear to be critical factors for successfully implementing such communities. We applied design-oriented research by grounding our model in prior work and formatively evaluating it in multiple case studies over a period of two years. In this paper we present the matured model and show what features characterise an eLearning environment to teach agile communication skills in a university setting. In addition we report on evaluating this model in a real-life application scenarios by giving illustrating examples from the final case study between the players involved: the Massey University in New Zealand and the University of Münster in Germany.
    • Relation:
      Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal
    • Rights:
      CC BY (All metadata for this Directory of Open Access Journals record is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License (CC BY-SA).)
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      Record supplied by The University of Auckland Library
    • Accession Number:
      edsdnz.35190058
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      How to Leverage Virtual Learning Communities for Teaching Agile Communication Skills? The eGroups Case at the University of Münster in Germany and Massey University in New Zealand. Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal, [s. l.], [s. d.]. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsdnz&AN=edsdnz.35190058&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 9 abr. 2020.
    • AMA:
      How to Leverage Virtual Learning Communities for Teaching Agile Communication Skills? The eGroups Case at the University of Münster in Germany and Massey University in New Zealand. Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsdnz&AN=edsdnz.35190058&custid=s8280428. Accessed April 9, 2020.
    • APA:
      How to Leverage Virtual Learning Communities for Teaching Agile Communication Skills? The eGroups Case at the University of Münster in Germany and Massey University in New Zealand. (n.d.). Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      “How to Leverage Virtual Learning Communities for Teaching Agile Communication Skills? The EGroups Case at the University of Münster in Germany and Massey University in New Zealand.” 2020. Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal. Accessed April 9. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsdnz&AN=edsdnz.35190058&custid=s8280428.
    • Harvard:
      ‘How to Leverage Virtual Learning Communities for Teaching Agile Communication Skills? The eGroups Case at the University of Münster in Germany and Massey University in New Zealand’ (no date) Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsdnz&AN=edsdnz.35190058&custid=s8280428 (Accessed: 9 April 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      ‘How to Leverage Virtual Learning Communities for Teaching Agile Communication Skills? The eGroups Case at the University of Münster in Germany and Massey University in New Zealand’ n.d., Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal, viewed 9 April 2020, .
    • MLA:
      “How to Leverage Virtual Learning Communities for Teaching Agile Communication Skills? The EGroups Case at the University of Münster in Germany and Massey University in New Zealand.” Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsdnz&AN=edsdnz.35190058&custid=s8280428. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      “How to Leverage Virtual Learning Communities for Teaching Agile Communication Skills? The EGroups Case at the University of Münster in Germany and Massey University in New Zealand.” Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal. Accessed April 9, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsdnz&AN=edsdnz.35190058&custid=s8280428.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      How to Leverage Virtual Learning Communities for Teaching Agile Communication Skills? The eGroups Case at the University of Münster in Germany and Massey University in New Zealand. Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal [Internet]. [cited 2020 Apr 9]; Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsdnz&AN=edsdnz.35190058&custid=s8280428