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CSCL@Networking - regional learning in software industries

: Rohde, M.; Wulf, V.


Goggins, S.P.:
Computer-supported collaborative learning at the workplace. CSCL@Work
New York: Springer Science+Business Media, 2013 (Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Series 14)
ISBN: 978-1-4614-1739-2 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-4614-1740-8 (Online)
Book Article
Fraunhofer FIT ()

This chapter presents a longitudinal empirical study of regional learning among software companies facilitated by a university in an action research manner. Grounded in the concept of social capital and sociocultural theories of learning, different measures in support of regional learning were conducted over several years. This chapter describes the action research approach taken which includes the following: (1) initializing informal talks and meeting to learn about the region and to build up social capital, (2) a series of networking events involving academics, local authorities, and regional software companies, (3) the didactical concept of courses in practice (CiP), and (4) an EU funded networking project with software and media companies. The achievements and obstacles of this approach are discussed with respect to the specific historical situation for collaborative learning in regional networks. Adding to a CSCL@Work research agenda, the chapter argues for a better exploration of regional learning across organizational boundaries.